Wednesday, 30 April 2008

from "critique of the gotha programme"

By Karl Marx.

What we have to deal with here is a communist society, not as it has developed on its own foundations, but, on the contrary, just as it emerges from capitalist society; which is thus in every respect, economically, morally, and intellectually, still stamped with the birthmarks of the old society from whose womb it emerges.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

from "critique of the gotha programme"

By Karl Marx.

[...] He receives a certificate from society [...]

Monday, 28 April 2008

from "political theology"

by carl schmitt.

The tendency of liberal constitutionalism to regulate the exception as precisely as possible means, after all, the attempt to spell out in detail the case in which law suspends itself. From where does the law obtain this force, and how is it logically possible that a norm is valid except for one concrete case that it cannot factually determine in any definitive manner?



Thursday May 1, 7.30 pm. Tim Atkins, Sean Bonney, Laurie Duggan, John Gibbens, Karlien & Peter Van den Beukel, Johan de Wit will be reading / playing music in celebration of the 1st day of May. Harry Gilonis and Elizabeth James might hotfoot it later from another event at the Southbank. Jeff Hilson & some others tbc.

Upstairs @ The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket Street, London SE1 3HN. Nearest tube London Bridge. Rates to be decided on the night.

Maps @


Potential audience - please bring work of your own or by others to read too in case the featured artists lack stamina. You might consider reading poems about the seaside, of dark neo-paganism or stern Leninism and quite possibly all three.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Monday, 21 April 2008

from "no rewriting"

By Eileen Myles.

nobody’s going to come in
and take my cup of money

sometimes the only no I have
is to reverse things

I agree. It’s a good place to shit.

This morning it was summer
while I stayed in
I watched spring fade
I went out in chill fall
and walked my dog,
in winters rectangles of trash
striking our face
the wind turning flags and banners
into danger
man the wind was big
in this fragmented

I want to be a part of something bigger than myself
not the university of california but it’s a start
my dad was a gorilla

who did you think I would be

how do you spell university
it always looks cilly

I will think
I will read

I will wake up loving you and when I come home
I will love you.
Look I bought tickets for the movies for tomorrow night
I will buy you a hot dog then you know what

They didn’t know I was so great
it was humbling
now it is fine

I sent her this email about the big awards
the paranoia I feel about all the award
now I’m like king of the losers again
I said king king king

it’s like genitals
I want to show you all these tiny parts

but I’m public public public

I went to the University of Massachusetts
and for all these years the city of New
York has given me a rent stabilization

and now California golden state opens her
arms to us

come to mama

I wrote this poem twenty-four years ago
but nobody saw it yet
so I’m safe

she said you are such a good boy

Sunday, 20 April 2008

The goo is seen which thought, "empty vase-infested uselessness of redundant stairs and scabbish scattering of area
rugs the idea of doors to choose. a coat or a roast. a copulation or a shit-filled bowl
with no plunger in site. choose and enter. search and destroy.
boot stomp and tongue click a clean tile
a disciplined table
suitably placed.
trespass there".

Saturday, 19 April 2008

from "glossarium"

By Carl Schmitt.

With each newly born child a new world is born. God willing, each newly born child will be an aggressor!

Friday, 18 April 2008

from "real dreams people have had about hilary clinton"

At I Dream of Hilary.

I was at a church retreat or convention. I ended up sitting next to Hillary in the dining hall. We struck up a pleasant conversation and she admitted that she didn't know how to skate-board. I offered to teach her.

She got up on a skateboard and rolled along the sidewalk with me by her side, offering my arm and shoulder to steady her. She seemed game for anything, interested in learning new things, and was open to talking with all kinds of people. She wasn't nervous about being on the skateboard, yet didn't try to hide her lack of skill. I found her easy to talk to, genuine, and personable.

Thursday, 17 April 2008


There were perfumes in tall thin bottles that looked as if a breath would blow them over and perfumes in little pastel phials tied with ducky satin bows, like little girls at a dancing class. The cream of the crop seemed to be something very small and simple in a squat amber bottle. It was in the middle at eye height, had a lot of space to itself, and was labelled Gillerlain Regal, The Champagne of Perfumes. It was definitely the stuff to get. One drop of that in the hollow of your throat and the matched pink pearls started falling on you like summer rain.

A neat little blonde sat off in a far corner at a small PBX, behind a railing and well out of harm's way. At a flat desk in line with the doors was a tall, lean, light-haired lovely whose name, according to the tilted embossed plaque on her desk, was Miss Adrienne Fromsett.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

It will be obvious that THAT GRATED VAN, begins today, Wednesday 16th April, at 6pm in the Meeting House on Sussex Campus, to come and have your tabor branes metalyrically depucellated by TIM ATKINS and MARIANNE MORRIS, plus ED LUKER and JOSX ROX.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

from "broccoli & desire"

By Peter Benson & Edward F. Fischer.

Economic power and risk as presently distributed across the broccoli trade — between farmers, middlemen, exporters, food conglomerates, and consumers — does not equate with the real interdependence of actors. On both ends of the commodity chain, desires for something better appear ever elusive. The powerful cultural image of algo m'as ["something better"] may be thought of as a dual structure of feeling. It is at once an ideology and a lived and felt reality. Its ideological force, in fact, has precisely to do with the fact that the something better of algo m'as really matters for broccoli growers and consumers alike. In the Guatemalan highlands, impoverished living conditions, histories of violence and warfare, the felt power of desperation and urgency, and emerging feelings of modernity combine such that desiring is not totally distinct from needing, such that “something better” becomes compelling and intractable in a setting of ongoing social suffering and violent acts (Fischer and Benson 2005). If Maya farmers are exploited, it is not simply at the level of wages or prices, but more profoundly at the level of desiring, maintaining their existential investment integral to the normative operation of the broccoli trade. On the consumption side, many broccoli eaters internalize models of healthy living and eating and are compelled — they say need — to eat vegetables in pursuit of cultural aspirations for wellness. Yet, like the algo m'as that never arrives in Tecp'an, these desires are never fully requited because the increasing consumer surpluses of cheap food year-round do not offset diminishing levels of satisfaction and happiness (the so-called “malaise of the American middle-class” grounded in an ongoing reality of dissatisfaction and imperfectability; see Storper 2000).

Desiring is ubiquitous across the commodity chain, although its meaning and force vary. Desire is the condition of possibility for the broccoli trade. It mobilizes energies andmakes producers and consumers into reflexive agents who monitor their own practices and comport themselves to the opportunities and risks that blossom out of this seemingly innocuous vegetable. By coming to understand the lives of broccoli farmers and eaters, we may achieve a pragmatic view of the food chain, realizing a convergence of desires around investments in “something better”. Such a viewpoint leads to a more complicated way of operating upon global connections, including both localization strategies (shifts to more localized markets) and globalization strategies (elaborations of ethical and political connections between unknowing consumers and producers). Either way, broccoli is revalued not in terms of mutual needs but with a greater appreciation of collectivized desires that are already the basis of the operation of this global flow.

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Friday, 11 April 2008

from "covert art"

By Sophie Robinson.

[...] KY prompt
toward language or some other
species, catalogue of camouflaged
& solvent nightlines wired high
taut energy buzzing potentiality or
the fuzz of a onehanded VHS drone
fastforward to action or flip to switch
in pillowfight mode, army of feathers
of which they are made, vertebrae
concealed in candy cotton drawstring
neatly fitted below a subtle rounding
pouch of doughy love, maternal
hangover washed down & out in
drunken fumbling, nipple slipped
to fingered thumbing, output device
tuned to tip of tongue on palate
thrumming or clicking out a name
in defence of molecular integrity a
supplied system shorted out by
a third eyelid that moves & flocks
outward, grant me a modified
citation or point of reference in
which to nestle outside of a
medical environment, all trusty
gestures appear alien & I am
unable to handle objects directly
for fear of dispersing lineage, oh
let's waste our nervous systems
to ammonia, hook ourselves up
to something larger than a group
of specialised scavengers, throw
it all into the air around whoever
pisses us off.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

vice bean

1) Fold a square in half on one diagonal, then the other.

2) Fold a little less than a third from the top.

3) The finished coot!

The injunction to practise intellectual honesty usually amounts to sabotage of thought. The writer is urged to show explicitly all the steps that have led him to his conclusion, so enabling every reader to follow the process through and, where possible -- in the academic industry -- to duplicate it. This demand not only invokes the liberal fiction of the universal communicability of each and every thought and so inhibits their objectively appropriate expression, but is also wrong in itself as a principle of representation. For the value of a thought is measured by its distance from the continuity of the familiar. It is objectively devalued as this distance is reduced; the more it approximates to the pre-existing standard, the further its antithetical function is diminished.

Monday, 7 April 2008

wolf swede bus &c.

Launch of The Wolf tonight in the Poetry Caff, 22 Betterton St, near Covent Garden. Andrea Brady, Jonathan Morley, Sid Bose, Stephen Watts & Ziba Karbassi.

O'Hara seminar in Brighton on 11 April, & Long Forms conference there 16-17 May.

12th April, Ross Sutherland, Sophie Robinson, Wayne Smith & Emily Berry at the Griffon, 93 Leonard Street, near Old Street.

15th of April, Avik Chanda & Lisa Samuels at the Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, near Holborn.

17th of April, Vahni Capildeo, Nina Zivancevic & James Harvey at the Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit Street, near Holborn.

Nothing & nothingness happening on 29th of April.

Vast beneficial reading on the 5th of May in the Leather Exchange, Leathermarket Street, near London Bridge.


Friday, 4 April 2008

aesthetics, value & transitivity

If I liked Corless-Smith better than I did Styles, & Styles better than I did Raworth, should I then like Corless-Smith better than I did Raworth?

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

June 5th, London. Save that date. Dear null Lindsay

Thank you for registering for access to Companion / have. Also vents dean: 14th of May, !katKO will provisionally not be at Openned (The Foundry in London). THIS Thursday, Tom Raworth, Martin Corless-Smith & Styles J. Kauphmax at Dotting the Ls and Crossing the Xs (The Leather Exchange ibid.). This Saturday, Steppe Whirly & accomplice (comps.) at the Jamelia Wigmore Hall ibid., free but you need to book a ticket.