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Friday, 31 December 2010

A letter to the Government of Dreams

I am writing to the Principal Secretary of the Welfare
Department about the Decline in Quality
of my dreams. I have dreamt my dream-taxes
for nearly seventy years, and instead of my dreams
getting better, they have been getting worse.

Are sensible joined-up dreams beyond the
Oneirobureaucracy that is such a burden
on our shoulders ?
And why are my dreams without smell ?

It seems also that the dreamrubbish-collectors
have been on strike for a long time.
My dreams are now starting to smell.

I shall take my complaint to the International
Court of Dream-Rights, and am sending a copy
of this letter to Radio Somnium.

Yours faithfully,

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

'The Bourgeoisie'

is a great and proliferating mass of people who, if invited to a twelve-course banquet, eat (or try to eat) their stupid way right through - unaware that the 'dirty' plates and 'left-overs' go to the servants, and the servants' left-overs go to the beggars at the gates.

The 'bourgeoisie' are the eaters of time.

Monday, 27 December 2010

A man

in Japan

conducted his
symphony orchestra

without his
cancerous
windpipe
(or œsophagus),

and received
a standing ovation
which lasted 10 minutes.

Japan also has
an unknown number
perhaps a hundred
thousand hermits,
drop-outs, solitaries

who conduct their lives
minimally -
all in their private
penitentiaries.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

The most precious - and rarest - gifts are integrity and solitude.


What did Santa bring ?




















A hat-stand for your Astrakhan!

The obscenity of Christmas

My friend in Paris had for Christmas dinner:

"Stuffed goose
Salmon
Prawns
Crayfish
Leg of lamb
Pork sausage...
...and a little salad as a decoration."

Then there were two desserts, and of course there were several wines and brandies.
The French think of Gargantua as a rôle-model, not as a satire.
They make me think of Gadarene Swine...

At the same time, hundreds were crushed to death while receiving food-aid in north-west Pakistan.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Wisdom requires modesty,

patience, and lack of talent.
Talents, like breeding,
leave no room, no time
for wisdom.

But neither talented
nor untalented
have any wish for wisdom.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

[Solstitial Haikai]

.
.
Full midwinter moon –
a new coalescence of
an ancient coldness ?

. . .

At winter solstice
I ate the last tiny bunch
of 'strawberry' grapes.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Message to a Buddhist Teacher

from an anti-teacher :

Occidentals are not even
thoughtful,
much less
mindful.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Expanding Descartes

I think -
therefore I am a strange
aberration within the strange
aberration of existence.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

My expectations

of human beings
have declined as I've got older -
but still they disappoint me
as comfort makes them colder.

On the radio this morning

I listened to a
Professor of Crowd Dynamics.
What a smug lump of meat he was!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Mediæval people

would have been certain
that a perfume called
GUILTY
could have come only
from the Devil, and would
have acted accordingly.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

We refuse

to change ourselves
so we change everything else.
This illiberality
is EGO :
the denial of reality.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Wouldn't Christianity be wonderful

if it had the innocence of the Jehovah's Witnesses,
the humble rationality of the Quakers,
and the celebratory ritual of the Russian Orthodox
or even of the wild Pentecostals ?

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Freedom of Speech

for Liu Xiaobo
and Julian Assange


If I had been born
in China, I might
not be imprisoned
for the stuff I write

but just for being
a parasite.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

In the toilet-bowl of time

shitbags with brains
and nowhere to go
high or low
(as far as I know).

I went to the city
I saw corruption
I saw destruction
nowhere to go
above or blow.

I returned to the mountain
I saw the sunset
I died at sunrise
nowhere to go
fast or slow

but the rat and the crow
and the cockroach
they know,
they know.

(for Eric Chaet)

Friday, 10 December 2010

To mediæval Christians

a significant sin
was acrobatics
deemed 'unnatural'.
Perhaps this symbolised
the Original Sin
of utterly-unnatural
mathematics.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Lucky numbers ?

The other day I heard
that astronomers now think
that there are three times
more stars in The Universe
than they thought last year.

On the next day I heard
an English academic boast
that his language had far
more words
(many of them French)
than French.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

"Hello! I'm on a train."

On the train of human shame
moving shadows talk
of moving shadows
in the fog and smother
of 'Society' - which blinds
and binds us to each other.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Even I,

without the degeneracies of
central heating, running
hot water, television,
microwave, cellphone,
armchair, sofa
or washing-machine,

live better than a Roman Emperor.


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The problem with 'science'

is that it is entirely logical
but far from entirely rational,

because conflict, not peace,
is the foundation of
civilisation.

Monday, 29 November 2010

They label you

élitist
if you dare to criticise
the cretinisation of
whole populations
brainwashed by mass-
education, and of course
the press, and especially TV
- not to forget the universities
of age-old stupidities.
Elitist I am proud to be.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Winding Forward

I'm losing me
I don't care
I'm losing care

At last: to sever!

Only the stupid
live forever

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Faith, hope and fondness -

these three
tend not to fall away:
the first is stupid, even cowardly;
the second a little less stupid;
but the third is real.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Philip Larkin :

one of the greatest
letter-writers
since Kafka
had pretty astute
opinions about his almost-terse
but undemanding verse.

He was too self-knowing
to call it art.

He preferred MacNeice to Yeats,
so had handicapped himself
right from the start.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010

I'm going to fix

my dinner.
But it wasn't broken.
It didn't even exist.
Maybe I'll drop dead before it is fixed.
It will then belong to the
Kingdom of the Unfixed Nothingnesses.

Don't we all ?

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

To those who whinge

about taxes, pensions
school fees, and the
Cost of Living
I suggest
you get a life

Go out and beg

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Enantiodromia

Happiness, faithfulness, love :
three concepts
which contribute importantly
to their opposites.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Just deserts

If Gaia was so misguided
as to evolve us,
then, I have to say,
reluctantly and sadly,
she pretty well deserves
what we're doing to her.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

with no apologies to Ian McMillan

Today, for the first time
I heard someone described as
a Stand-up Poet.
It made me think
of the urinals in Florence's
magnificent railway station
and urgent men
in commodious cubicles
without locks
and with flamboyant
erect and generally
boring cocks.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

You couldn't make it up

a True Nonsense Poem about hunches and guts
found on the BBC News Website.


An ambitious project to assemble poets from all of the Olympic nations in 2012
has been launched in London.

Simon Armitage, the poet behind the idea, said: "My hunch is this will be
the biggest poetry event ever - a truly global coming together of poets."

The unique congregation, called Poetry Parnassus,
would take place at the Southbank Centre for a week during the 2012 Olympics.

It is hoped more than 200 poets - from all continents - will take part.

"It's insanely ambitious," said Armitage, the Southbank Centre's artist in residence.
"There are political issues, geographical issues, linguistic issues all to be overcome."

He said that for Tuesday night's launch, part of the Poetry International 2010 festival,
poets from almost every continent had been invited to perform.

“We couldn't get a poet from Antarctica.
My gut feeling is that there are poets absolutely everywhere.”

Friday, 5 November 2010

In Memoriam P.A.L.

Sex
- for men at least -
is Doing the Business.

O for a life
without business!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Reality and legend

As belief in unicorns waned,
Denmark, which had enriched
herself by selling, at still-unmatched
prices, Greenlandic narwhal-horn
(of which the royal throne is fashioned),
became ever less significant
as an European nation.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Dogs control their feelings

far better than do humans.
We'd rather control dogs
and each other,
the weather
and the world.

Monday, 1 November 2010

I have learned far more

by reconsidering
what I don't like,
than by wanting or getting
what I like.

(But of course, I don't live
on a giant rubbish-tip
in Nigeria.)

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Am I sorry

that I can't write dense riddle-poems
which will sprout
game-filled thickets of interpretation
out of quagmires of unmeaning ?

Not really.
I think such poems
underhand and overweening.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Was the poet mad

besotted,
or just stupid when he wrote:
'What will survive of us is love' ?

What will survive of us is hunger.

When push comes to shove
Team Spirit is torture
Gang-rape is Esprit de Corps
and love
is of self and of war.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Papacy

was a kind of mediæval
internet:
master, medium and plaything
all at the same time.

'A light unto the Nations'

Isaiah 42. 6

Unfortunately all religious people,
all moralists
want to be lights -
and blind and/or set fire
to themselves and many others.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Most of the time

thought is just
the P.R. of the mind

and art
the occupational therapy
of the heart.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

'Aspirational'

is a weasel-word for
unsatisfiable.

My aspiration, alas!
is that people should
be reasonable.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010

The Horst Wessel Song

should be frequent, private listening -
for anything that's ever happened
can happen again.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Rigor Vitæ

How strange
that it is easier to read books
than faces!

Never shaving
I rarely look in a mirror
to see the face I hardly know,
reflection that I cannot read.

Maybe there is nothing to be read:
I am just a talking head.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Modus mortis

According to Howard Jacobson,
T.S. Eliot told W.H. Auden that
he played Patience every night
because it was the nearest thing
to being dead.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Reputable surveys

show that people with religious faith
are more law-abiding than those without.

This is not surprising:
laws are usually drafted pretty well
according to religious faith and faiths
prevailing.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

To be desired

is one thing, a pleasant thing.
But to be valued is quite another,
for most people
do not value mere desire
in a culture largely turned
towards the aspiration
to immediate gratification.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Woollier than thou

It is much more common
for people to change their
sect or even their religion
to suit their politics
than the other way round.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Friday, 8 October 2010

What we criminally flush away

Pee has replaced piss.
Poo has replaced shit.
English has become the tongue
of Pee and Poo.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

My graves are flowering

"Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night showeth knowledge"
- Psalm 19:2


Long experience
has shown me that
the only people who are truly
down to earth
are dead.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Similarities between Adolf Schicklgrüber and me:

I'm vegetarian
Adore German Sheepdogs
Am tidy and organised
Loathe monotheisms
and write diffuse and tergid prose.

On the other (left) hand
I am an Israel-hating Jew-lover
(especially of Kafka, Lazarus the Leper
and Spinoza).
Moreover, I speak and write
in expectation
of contradiction.

Maybe my father was
Jewish French-Canadian
and not my maternal
grandmother's brother's
son...

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A piece of tergid prose: Capitalism is Feudalism

Just as 'humanism' is Christianity with all its hypocrisy but without its razmatazz, virgin birth, vulgar miracles and gew-gaws, so capitalism is a 'refined' (as in sugar) form of feudalism - with the important difference that place, social position, birth have partly yielded to an aspirational, utilitarian, quasidivinely-established criterion of merit.

Villeins have simply become employees, with much better working conditions, but still in fief to superiors, with very little opportunity for avoiding their globally- (if not divinely-) established prerogatives.

Mass-employment and the employment-imperative are the reduction of the villein to the wage-slave - or worse, to the unemployed - a situation well-understood by those who rule recently-feudal and now-capitalist China.

And technology always further impoverishes the poorest, and further handicaps the most disadvantaged in relation to even the modestly rich.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Unholy (Apollonian )Trinity

Three Great Dictators
have carved up the world :
money,
education
and television,
each in service of the other.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Genital Food

If truffles are prized
as much for the
expensive naughtiness
of their cunty taste and smell
as for their rarity,
smoked eel
should be nearly as prized,
especially by women,
and queer men like myself,
for its cockiness.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Henry Ford

had a photograph of Hitler on his desk
Hitler had a photograph
of Henry Ford upon his desk.
One could almost laugh...

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Right-wing extremists

in the USA
claim that federal Health Care
and Welfare Benefits violate not only
the tenth amendment
but also the Tenth Commandment.

Meanwhile the French government
has turned to Ethnic Cleansing,

and Israel spends American aid
on Sisyphean
Cyclopean fencing.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

'The Sanctity'

Human life is so precious
that millions are not just allowed
but forced to die of hunger
and disease.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Religious Education

(to a Lonnie Donegan tune)

O, Jesus was a mummy
he wore a mummy-cloth.
He rose up from a sepulchre
and flew round like a moth.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Best Before :

perhaps we were all
'best before'
we were born...

and are least noxious
after we die.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Real guns

have butt-hair.
Real men
don't shave.
Reality is
landscape.
People are
wallpaper.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Religious Conversion

is illiberation.
But, thinking magically,
to convert piss into water
would be far more useful
than water into wine.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

On the Pope's State Visit to Britain

Along the rutted paths of hope
they creep like mine-detectors...
Millions would suck cock
for a handful of beans
a bowlful of rice.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Towers of Silence

have all but disappeared.
Noise now marches on the world
from terrible towers
of so-called song.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Monday, 13 September 2010

Sunday, 12 September 2010

On the ninth anniversary

of the pinpricking of America:

the depths of despair
have risen to new heights.

In the Past

When there were
showy flagellations
prayers were called
ejaculations.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Education

The more information there is
the more babblingly dumb
we become.

Friday, 10 September 2010

First

we complicate life
needlessly

then try to
simplify it childishly

(and/or vice versa)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

A 'terrorist'

operates crudely
against the interest
of a nation-state.

A transcendental anarchist
tries simply, vainly
to subvert the interests
of all nation-states
and the forces which
finance them.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

We are born subject.

Our subjection to the nation-state
is proved by Birth Certificate.
We die as subjects
and are certified as dead.

Between birth and death,
our first and our last breath,
the State is in possession,
is lord, of our identity
over which we have only
minimal control.

Now pets have passports.

To hate the State has no effect on it
but some - or terrible - effect on you.
The Greek dramaturges knew
that the State
is Fate.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Stoolball

The ancestor of baseball
and cricket, invented by women
500 years ago, was played with
a milking-stool and a turnip,
beetroot, or rutabaga.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Arabesques

swirl and replicate
without the slightest sense
of purpose,

but each tile-pattern
or carpet is unique

and for reflective minds
a mandala.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

The reason why

there are no jokes
(not even irony)
in any Scripture
is that we are too
indoctrinated
to take jokes seriously
or to laugh at religions.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The story of mankind

is the story of enslavements.
And now we are enslaved
by an idea of the New Enslavers:
the Employment Ethic.

The Command of Hierarchical Employment
is the latest, most refined
form of slavery.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Comfort

is not happiness
nor even contentment.

Nor does it lead to happiness
or contentment.

Comfort is the subtlest
and most seductive
kind of enslavement.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

What's so good

about living longer
if you get more
and more depressed
and ever more
dependent ?

Monday, 30 August 2010

Sunday, 29 August 2010

GOaD

(what the donkey would hate
if donkeys could hate)


Good
Order
and
Discipline

Friday, 27 August 2010

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Finding the right word

Is it a robocracy
or a robotocracy
that runs us
and guns us
like family cars

or spies ?

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Robots

We are all motorists now
driving on the designated
side of the road,
insured and licensed,
heeding the warnings,
following the signboards,
filtering, giving way, slowing down,
stopping and not stopping
as the State decrees
- and children can no longer
climb trees.

Monday, 23 August 2010

From the bottomless pit

of suburbia
rise the Gewgaw Culture
and the National Theatre
of Cruelty.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Propaganda

Neither French 'cuisine'
nor American 'democracy'
are what they are
cracked up to be.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Friday, 20 August 2010

Anti-love-poem

for one who will never read this

Despicable
when not ridiculous,

we are evolution's
royal wrecks.

To be in love is silly
to be loved oppressive

So let's have tender,
unpenetrative sex.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Faith, knowledge

and belief
are tools
for ignorance
and fools.

The wise
can only face
the bliss
of entropy
which is
the only whisper
of Grace.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A Crown of Thorns

is nothing more
than a metaphor :
the pain
of the barbedwireness
of the brain.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Freitod

Where suicide is outlawed
it is not to protect us
but to keep us from escaping.

(after Bardhyl Londo)

Monday, 16 August 2010

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Friday, 13 August 2010

The Past

is a lone wolf :
let it pass, and it will sing
to the Northern Lights.
Try to capture it,
and it will attack you.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

What is a mind ?

but a freak and defective
reasoning-processor
with attitude;

a badly-designed
cogitation-apparatus
which, conscious of its
own deficiencies, is just
a mutant, an evolutionary
aberration.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Poetry

is not information
- so this is not a poem
(so far).

Democracy
turns out to be
government
by hypocrisy.


This is now
and certainly
despite your snorts
a poem
(of sorts).

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Orpheus

Animals are
infinitely more enchanting
than music


















even music of the most profound
and temporarily-transforming kind.


Saturday, 7 August 2010

Friday, 6 August 2010

Nakedness

was heroic in ancient Greece,
shameful in Judæa,
the mark of slavery in Rome,

and is thought sinful even now
everywhere Europeans have
worked their dire effects,
because it is dismally,
stupidly configured
with penetrative sex.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Only a fool

can continue to imagine
that life is worth living.
All the living are fools
who have learned nothing
from the living or the dead.

Wider still, and wider -
for no fool is a spider.

(from the Patmospherian Gospel of
St Anthony Vasectomicus

Tome MXM, Cap.666)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Christianity

slowly, slowly drained
the colour from the world.
Islam puts a little back:
red and black.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Big Brother

Behold!
From a compulsory
but undefined social contract
oozed Nanny Leviathan:
government
by television, newspapers,
and (of course) banks
- backed up by tanks.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

"Gay Pride"

in Belfast:
no-one threw bombs.
Many threw up.

Many tons of rubbish
were thrown down.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Employment :

the strings
that pathetic human
puppets dangle
from - and are emotionally
strangled.

Friday, 30 July 2010

A humble refutation of monotheism

If we are 'made in God's image',
God must be a pretty ugly animal
compared with, say, a Slow Loris.




















And if we are the best that God
could produce, God help Him!

(I guess he didn't so much die
as lose the will to live...)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Tournament of values

What nobody will learn at school
is the only thing worth knowing:
how to live.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

A Maundering

I am so disgusted by double-think,
mendacity, hypocrisy and greed
that I sometimes think that if
al-Qaïda of the Amazing Aircraft
were vegetarian non-breeders
I'd join them.

But then I remember that a certain
Adolf Schicklgruber Hitler
was a vegetarian non-breeder...














'There are no good guys.'



Monday, 26 July 2010

If thoughts ever

become clear in the
clogged sewers of our brains
we will have become mere
processing-plants.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Truth

is ambiguity.
It mocks.
The greatest truth
is paradox

and cocks
love other cocks.

Friday, 23 July 2010

The least of our crimes against Nature

is the sensory deprivation
and boredom of domestic animals
unto dullness, depression
and death.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

"Day unto day

uttereth speech,
and night unto night showeth knowledge"

- Psalm 19:2

A kind of lampshade, skin
over skeleton, I glow
from the softness of
your passion
moon-fashion
and not inflamed
by man's mean fury
his insane and mere complexity

Feel! I festoon
your labyrinthine, abracadabrantine stair
with a sub-luminary softening
that cannot come from ordinary light

That rare and velvet
darkening
is a kind of kind shadow-flare
that makes us both aware
of the sheer simplicity of sanity
Deep in the sewer,
the brain's profanity,
hearkening
to each other's heart,
we perform the elegant and touching rite.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Television

Not the Black
nor the White
but the Bright Death
of Difference -

the seductive, hypnotic
meta-holocaust.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Expensive and poor,

religion is just
an expensive and poor
substitute for simple
or animal connection.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

America

Dreams
are oracles
that few can interpret;
but fantasies
are desperate.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

"The land of the free"

is one of only a few
from which the poorest
cannot escape.

Which is why
there are no American
refugees.

Friday, 16 July 2010

The only time

that I like civilisation
is when I am confronted
by its ruins
and its ruin.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Trees

give more than they take.
Is that why we cut them down
instead of worshipping them ?

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

We don't say

'Beware of Trojans bearing gifts',
since almost all of them were slaughtered
except Æneas, his father,
and some anonymous others.

The Trojan horse
was Greek, of course.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

In the afterlife

everything goes very
very slowly
because we are still
very old.

This is excellent in orgies
but not so good
in offices.

Monday, 12 July 2010

George W. Bush was quite right :

there is no word in French
(or any other language, except Japanese
which uses the same word in the same way)
that corresponds with the English word
entrepreneur.

Entreprise in French means 'business',
and un entrepreneur is anyone
who does a job for money or reward.

(This, of course is neither an apophthegm
nor a poem.)

Civilisation :

the war against the longing
it creates.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Switzerland

Just reversing the colours
of a flag does not diminish
your insanely profitable crimes.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Thursday, 8 July 2010

from the Library of Zion

The most prized
bookmarks in history
would have been manufactured
from the undecayed
pressed foreskins
of leadingNazis.
But few or none were made.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Most information

is useless
(if not dangerous)
without the information
to inform it.

And so it goes...

Friday, 2 July 2010

Superlative

(inspired by Orhan Veli)

FOR ANGELOS PETROUTSAS


I love thin hairy bearded men,
I also love hunky working men
and sexy men on the dole
(I'd make the latter piles of toast) -
but I love thin, hunky, working-but-
unemployed, bearded men the most.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Ergmadromic

football's
goal-driven skill
displays the spoiled infantilism
of the European will.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Suicide

(inspired by Orhan Veli)

I know
it isn't easy to live.
I know very well
that living isn't easy
Especially if you
(think you) have to shave.
But dying's no doddle either,
guys.

To leave this world
when you decide you've
had enough
is not the easy option
that you think it is.
Let me tell you
it's only for the bravest
of the brave.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The greatest curse

of communism
was that it strengthened capitalism.
Millions were sacrificed by the one;
millions continue to be killed
and maimed by the other.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Beauty

(inspired by Orhan Veli)

How beautiful the colour
of fresh green tea
is
in the morning
in the fresh air.
How beautiful
the fresh air
is.
How beautiful that tree.
How handsome and how
venerable the waiter
is.
How beautiful the tea.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Every blithe attempt

by the millions of Irrational Optimists
to justify their doctrines
adds to the planet-sized grounds
for rational pessimism.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Pro Patria

(inspired by Orhan Veli)

Many died
Many more were maimed
Some gave speeches
None spoke out

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Sexiness

(inspired by Orhan Veli)

Where
where is my sexiness ?

One of Satan's minions took it,
couldn't sell it,
couldn't even give it away -
so he threw it away.

O where O where
is my sexiness ?

Monday, 21 June 2010

Travelling

(inspired by Orhan Veli)

I have no intention of travelling.
I am happy in these gorgeous gorges
of the Aveyron.
But if I were to travel
I wouldn't go to Beijing,
La Paz or Mafeking.
One day you might think
you've seen me making
taking magic potions
somewhere beyond the seven oceans,
farther from here than eerie Pyongyang...

but I told you:
I have no intention of travelling.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Homework

"I am a voluntary patient.
"I am a voluntary patient.
"I am a voluntary patient.
"I am a voluntary patient.
"I am a voluntary patient.
".. .. .. ............. ..........
"I am a voluntary patient
in this perfect ward."

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Our prejudices are foisted on us (chiefly by the press)

Most drug-dealers make less
than the minimum wage.
They trade for about 6 months
and live with their mothers.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Thursday, 17 June 2010

To be no longer

To be no shorter
A trice on a bicycle
An ape on an icicle
A sperm-aborter
An old shame-monger

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

From pilgrimage

to tourism

From prophets
to advisors

From hermits
to loners

From saints
to surgeons

From hatchetings
to holocausts

- We bathe in Progress ?


for Kalliope Amorphous

Monday, 14 June 2010

Christmas

decorations insult a tree
with the flim and sham
and flummery
we shroud ourselves in.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

I live

(as the Germans say)
'Like God in France'
- in France.
But
thank God
I'm not God.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Monday, 7 June 2010

Sunday, 6 June 2010

We think the world

is full of what we know.
But it is filled with
what we'll never learn.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

The Destruction of America

White people spread
like disease through the world
their banners infected,
their meanness unfurled...

Friday, 4 June 2010

Where monotheism was imposed

(in Arabia and the Middle East)
the terrible results are now
reverberating.

Sow the patriarchal wind -
and reap the bloody,
world-destroying hurricane.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Henry Ford

had to hire 900 mechanics
in order to find 100 who would
work on his toxic assembly-line.

Nine out of ten were real men
in those days. Now ninety-nine
out of a hundred are deodorised
wage-slaves - thanks to evil men
like Henry Ford.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Agencies

of successive
U.S. Governments have killed
at least a hundred times more Americans
than al-Qaîda:




(click on the above for a two-hour documentary)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

How peculiar

that geranium-leaves
should smell of mass-murder :

the smell pervading
Bergen-Belsen
concentration-camp
was that of crushed
geranium-leaves.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Democratic Government

Meetings about meetings
to spend imaginary money
with fine distinction,
in response to 'popular
demand' for an ever-higher
standard-of-living
for the not-so-poor

guarantee
the agonising
Sixth Extinction.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

I feel

as if I might have been
born on an asteroid.

Not a Little Prince
but a Diogenean Android.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

after Li-Po (8th century)

The birds have melted
into mist
and mist has turned to rain.
I'm sitting on a mountain-top.
The mountain will remain.

Monday, 24 May 2010

The Hospice at Jerusalem

Somewhere, nowhere,
everyone everywhere
grades everyone else
according to the state
and the quality or absence
of their underwear.

What I cast off in summer
is much like my mind:
underwashed by the over-hygienic.
Only the loincloths of yogis
and saints were more full
of the odour of transfiguration.

So I remain in occultation.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Unlike many

I have always wanted
to think the best of people.
But nearly seventy years
of life have finally convinced me
that some people are only at their best
in extreme circumstances
of hunger, pain or thirst -

or in what we rich, totalitarian
sedentarists insist is deprivation
(no access, for example, to
infantilising education) -

and that most people who live
in employment-economies
are mostly more than
half-way to their worst.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Breeding and fighting,

feeding and blighting,
and even
reading and writing,
we only get more terrible
as our tools get better.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Fame,

maim, blame
all chime
and rhyme.

Man is no greater
than his misery,
no better
than his shame.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Horrible words

like cull and weed,
troubleshooting, bestial
and chaste,

can have been invented only
by the terrorist species which I call
Hazardous Waste.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Monday, 17 May 2010

On the day of the end of this little world

the prisoner on death row since 1995
is very happy to die
at the same time as everyone else.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Such a pity

that scientists don't seem
to talk to each other.

Climatologists, botanists
and evolutionary biologists
tell us that The End is Nigh

while medical researchers
are insanely hopeful
about extending the length
(but never the quality)
of human lives.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

All religion is idolatry

- So what ?
Besides the overwhelming
majority of unborn, the wholesome-
minded once-born, and the divided
Tolstoyan-Kierkegaardian
twice-born, are the very few,
and non-elect:
the thrice-born who live
from moment unto moment
of spontaneous insight.

[written after listening to a BBC broadcast
on William James'
Varieties of Religious Experience]

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Saint-Lazare

Lepers catch coins in their mouths
like dogs
when they have no fingers.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Totenkranz

and Totentanz
are dead

on est en-chant
begeistert
ensorcelled
by the trivial
instead.

Singular and single
the wolf's and
my saliva
mingle.

for Mary Ann Heywood

Monday, 10 May 2010

Progress

We have turned ourselves into
the only mammalian species which cannot
(and will not)
clean its genitals with its tongue.
This is just one of the sad degeneracies
caused by culture.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Go figure!

In Albania today,
men who, twenty years ago,
went on hunger-strike
to help topple a dictator

are now on hunger-strike
to protest against last year's
rigged elections.

In Northern Ireland
on the other hand,
violent fanatics
starved themselves to death
just for the unsuccessful
egotism of 'recognition' as
'political prisoners'.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Cannibalism for Beginners

Bigotry
is moral tribalism

Democracy
is the codification
of bigotry.

You can dumbly vote
for the arrogant and pathetic
only when the powerful permit.

But you can subvert
the system and 'society'
every day of your life.

The last Age is
the Age of Antisensuality.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

British General Election

I would never cast a vote
for anyone so arrogant
and so pathetic
as to want it.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Appellation non-contrôlée

In the British Isles it is very easy
to change one's name officially.

I have never liked my surname
(which is that of my maternal grandfather
who was hated by his family
for his sheer, Victorian hypocrisy) -

but I can't decide whether all my future
documents will be signed
Diogenes Xavier Antichrist

or Demerara Cane Sugar
(natural and unrefined).

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Every animal

is a cathedral of chemicals.
And Man
(it seems to me)
is a doomed Vatican.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Proud never to have been employed

Next to being rich
the greatest compliment
in our degenerate
and limiting society
is to be called
hardworking.
You are very close
to criminal
if you're known for
shirking.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

More urgent

than "what oft
was thought, but ne'er
so well express'd"

would be to say
what people rarely
dare to think - lest
it make their
hard minds soft.


[In other words:
To have universal appeal is to convey very aptly
something evident or unoriginal.]

Friday, 30 April 2010

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

* Contemporary Poetry

(to Paul Muldoon et mult.al.)

A wave of treated
toxins, chlorinated turds
in a slimy sea
of over-considered
words.


*(in the English language)

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Non-penetrative sex

is to the cruder kind
as Dhrupad is to Opera.

[Dhrupad is the most contemplative form of Indian Classical music,
usually sung (in solo or duet) by deep male voices,
but also played on the most contemplative instrument,
the Rudhra Vina.
A single Rag can take several hours to perform.]


Monday, 26 April 2010

Thursday, 22 April 2010

A Place to Rest




















The other day I hired a grave
@ 9 euros a year for
the minimum 30 years.

It is in a beautiful, secluded,
empty corner of the graveyard
with a splendid view across
the river to the village.

Others seem to want to rot
in the open, in full sun,
but I prefer my shady Vampire Corner
where I have planted hellebore,
heather, periwinkles, costmary
and wild garlic - though not
because I think the last-named
will be necessary.


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Heaven

for dog-lovers is full of dogs
for racists has no people of color
for control-freaks is a gulag
      of their very own in the sky
for Jews contains no Gentiles
for Muslims is full of virgins
      for whom there is no competition
for cats is full of mice and small
      endangered, feathered species
for me is gloriously null eternity

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

'Embedded Water'

It takes 130 pints of water
to grow the food and process it
to make a pint of beer.

A cup of coffee "embeds" 140 litres
of water, a cotton T-shirt 2,000 litres,

and 15,000 litres of water (plus
a lot of drugs, husbandry and transport) make
just one kilogram of steak...
for necrophagy's sake!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Application of Intelligence

It requires only the slightest shift
of mind, and modest application,
to turn oneself
from sexually-deficient
to sexually self-sufficient.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Women of the World,

unite!
For the men are
faking it
too
-and don't even know
that they're faking it.

Friday, 16 April 2010

NASA

is now working on the logistics
of using the dark side of the moon
as a dump for nuclear waste,

and how to make Mars
habitable for colonising
members of our species
- which is so good at
cherishing planets.

Make haste! O make haste!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Deuteronomy & Leviticus

Every Christianity
is à la carte
pick 'n' mix doctrine
and morality.

(see Comment for amplification)

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Monday, 12 April 2010