Wednesday, 24 March 2004

From "Horace III.1"

By Time Atkins.

or lost winters

at the pilings of stoke, well-

borne forever

there is gravy on my flag
with enviable pillars
it is too wet to fly
& I cannot suck it

Tuesday, 23 March 2004

From "The Reinvention of Politics"

By Ulrich Beck.

Whatever a man or woman was and is, whatever he or she thinks or does, constitutes the individuality of the individual. That does not necessarily have anything to do with civil courage or personality, but rather with diverging options and the compulsion to present and produce these "bastard children" of one's own and others' decisions as a "unity."

Wednesday, 3 March 2004

From "Samuel Johnson and the Aesthetics of Complex Dynamics"

By Mark Wildermuth.

Emerging from his own turbulent yet organized monadic cosmology is Pope's vision of society as a fractal—a pseudorandom schema where individuals naturally assume their proper place in the hierarchy via the attractive principles of the system's dynamic. Societies organize themselves locally according to the same global principles that create and sustain the cosmic plenum. For Pope, "All nature is but art unknown to thee; / All Discord, Harmony, not understood; / All partial Evil, universal Good."

From "The Federalist Papers"

By Publius.

Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.

From "Naturalised State of Emergency"

By Frances Kruk.

that hell quack boot stomp again
kitchen shakes sprays filth water & cat parts what. What
what is the end Of rolled bubbles, shot eyes, every sharp-slip in the sink
hideous, calm.
what object wants to always fly. what's the biggest angry. what's the most Hurricane yes roll again the tantrum for what. there was no sound - what
should have been known

*

hears & thinks I have spoken
something other than gangrene I
say my lips are peeling & it hurts
to tear the skin. simple rot is
this the utopian sweetbreath the
ladyfighter must ooze or else
could it be! she is only her & what
is without is without is why it hurts
to Say, what am I to say beyond the head
"Drink this & be saved

*

for while I sleep
at bones the slathered pillowcase
my greasy habit hell be silent
for the salt. one drip, two
for wet spots on the nice wall
my shake is quiet, the wound sound
I have no hate I have no hate
I'm sugar with an angel's zero mouth

Tuesday, 2 March 2004

From "Leviathan"

By Thomas Hobbes.

When the Fairies are displeased with any body, they are said to send their Elves, to pinch them. The Ecclesiastiques, when they are displeased with any Civill State, make also their Elves, that is, Superstitious, Enchanted Subjects, to pinch their Princes, by preaching Sedition; or one Prince enchanted with promises, to pinch another.

The Fairies marry not; but there be amongst them Incubi, that have copulation with flesh and bloud. The Priests also marry not.

The Ecclesiastiques take the Cream of the Land, by Donations of ignorant men, that stand in aw of them, and by Tythes: So also it is in the Fable of Fairies, that they enter into the Dairies, and Feast upon the Cream, which they skim from the Milk.

Monday, 1 March 2004

From "The Plural Psyche"

By Andrew Samuels.

Psychological jargon does have living entities locked up in it -- sometimes people, but often daimons, animals, or gods. even the most scientistic classical Freudian will talk of the ego being strong or weak and of the relations between ego, id, and superego as if they were three personages. The reason for this is that psychology theory-making doesn't seem possible without that kind of implicit personification. Jung was the arch exponent of this; his whole psychology takes the form of an animation of inner personages.