Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions, an uncommonplace-book from the Armpit of Diogenes, binge-thinker jottings since 2008 .

Wednesday 31 December 2008

Women are mostly

more mature than men
(it seems to me)

but they often let little petulant boys
have their way
so they remain little boys,
that is to say:
little gangsters.

And so we have hideous hierarchies
of childishness,
nation by nation:
patriarchies that petulantly
pillage the world
in childish frustration.

Tuesday 30 December 2008

Gloss on a poem by R.L. Stevenson

Love - what is love ? A stupid, aching heart;
rage, tears, more rage, regret and long despair.
Life - what is life ? Expulsion from the lair
into a world that is a world apart.

Monday 29 December 2008

Sunday 28 December 2008

Friday 26 December 2008


(the opposite of access)
is also contagious.
We are the only excessive
species, now become
fanatically ignorant.

Thursday 25 December 2008

The keenest Christians have mostly been murderous

- they have made it the only murderous religion, obsessed with torture, blood and murder - on the one hand - and vapid, sickly redemption on the other.
(Of course I know of the tiny sects of Islam and 'Hinduism' - the Hashishin and Thuggs - whose practices were not remotely on the same scale.)

Wednesday 24 December 2008

Money :

at best, it's
vulgar -

at worst, it's

It's often at its worst.

Monday 22 December 2008

One-third of the people who live

condemn the other two-thirds
to death
simply for being
too many
too smelly -
simply for being.

Friday 19 December 2008

A Declaration of Intent

I will respect the stone
even if blood
comes out of it
whether love
or nothing comes
out of it
for my respect is moss.

Wednesday 17 December 2008

40% of all human beings

(several billion)
have nowhere to shit
but a bush or a ditch
in the dangerous dark.

For them, only numbers
have changed since the Ark.

Tuesday 16 December 2008


French "haute cuisine" originates in aristocratic circles in the 18th century, some time after the Russian novelty of serving meals in courses (rather than as a kind of buffet or mezze) was introduced to France. It catered to a class which ate white bread and sugar - and had no teeth except those bought from peasants who ate hard brown bread and a great deal of (mainly) wild fruit. This class liked bland and mushy food raised in the Paris area (Ile-de-France and Upper Normandy). The diet thus leaned heavily on butter, cheese (especially local Camembert and Brie) and cream. Butter, cream and white flour were used to make sauces which made chopped-up meats swallowable by the toothless.

After the Revolution of 1789 the rising bourgeoisie took over aristocratic tastes (and aristocratic cooks) with a vengeance. They started eating song-birds, foie gras and other delicacies of the degenerate and amoral. Governmental centralisation by Napoleon ensured that Paris was the fount of all knowledge and fashion. But it took another 100 years for Parisian bourgeois cuisine to penetrate the whole country. Today there is very little indigenous, local cooking. Those recipes which are claimed as regional are Parisian versions or perversions of ancient dishes. Right up to the First World War most people in France ate very little meat. They lived from hard bread (sometimes baked only once a year) and bad wine (since water was often dangerous to drink), wild fruits and herbs, and what they could grow in their 'potagers'. No French people, not even rich Parisians, ever abandoned the traditional eating of bread, hence the strange habit of eating quantities of bread together with quantities of other food. Since bread is often filling, the Parisian baguette came about: a kind of bread with very little bulk, taste or nutritional value.

All this said, it should be noted that the most common dish eaten in restaurants in the 20th century was (English/American-style) Steak & (Belgian) Frites or 'French Fries'!

Monday 15 December 2008

Bernard Madoff

How the sophisticates laughed
at the naive Albanians
who lost all their savings
to Pyramid Scams
not long after capitalism
and chaos
took over their country.

Perhaps Albanians
are laughing now
at Banco de Santander
amongst many others.

Saturday 13 December 2008

for Louise Erdrich

What is sacred
is secret -
which is why holy books
are no more
and no less
than literature.

Thursday 11 December 2008

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Monday 8 December 2008

Thursday 4 December 2008

Tuesday 2 December 2008

Saturday 29 November 2008


Males who, for one reason or another (e.g. absent fathers, rampant narcissism) have difficulty in relating to other males, often sexualise this difficulty in adolescence - perhaps through mutual masturbation with peers, or, more simply, from seeing an admired or feared male naked. They thus continue to try and resolve the problem of their relationship to other men through sexual or sensual contact. Those who like to penetrate other men try and resolve the problem through establishing a relationship of power, whereby they 'prove their masculinity' by 'conquering' passive men - who themselves thus feel feminised (hence temporarily justified) in a similarly banal and erroneous way.

The problem is, of course, never resolved, since sex is only one - very limited, over-valued and fairly closed - aspect of life. Thus homosexual men suffer from arrested emotional development and, in my experience, generally have an emotional age ranging from around 7 to around 15. This does not mean that heterosexual men are emotionally mature. The main feature of competitive societies is the neotenisation of males to make them demanding, envious and receptive to the work-ethic. Success is achieved by those who are most infantilised or emotionally undeveloped, and these, increasingly, include women.

Friday 28 November 2008

The 'greatest' art

is many things to
many people
Which is to say
somehow meaningless -

I mourn
'great art'.

Wednesday 26 November 2008


We are all artistic, for life is art.

The capitalist system of "divide and rule and stupefy" has
taken art (=celebration of life) away from everyone, and offered us work and
labour instead.

In the arts of the visual, which are bizarrely much more highly
valued than, for example, ceramics or serious music, a few over-achieving,
competitive, driven, or monomaniac people are allowed to be "artists" by virtue
of the market, which of course is completely capricious. The rest get on with
working for the system which exists for itself and not for its members.

A few of us make art as a 'hobby' or 'pastime', and some of us can buy what 'artists'
create: the poorer buy 'work' by unknowns; the rich inflate the market for the
'successful' by investing in their output.

Seen another way, though, art is just another kind of mind-shit.

Monday 24 November 2008

Osama ben Laden

is a most interesting
latter-day fusion
of Agamemnon
with Odysseus.

Sunday 23 November 2008

Understanding Capitalism

Keep on dividing and ruling.
First: corral people into Nationalities.
Then divide them into Nuclear Families.
Then divide the families
into frustrated, infantilised,
isolated Individuals.
Then sell them everything
except what you have taken from them:
(and ultimately the world).
And for those who will not buy your trash:

Saturday 22 November 2008

"Whoever controls the weather controls the world,"

a United States Department of Defense
spokesman said.

In the Book of Job we read
that God was schizophrenic,
hiding from his majesty
underneath his throne
inside his head.

Friday 21 November 2008

Tuesday 18 November 2008

Monday 17 November 2008

Sunday 16 November 2008

To a canine friend

My theory of mind
is that your mind
though different from mine
is a beautiful function
of your beautiful body.

Saturday 15 November 2008


is where most
people live
in fatuous

Though I'm a
kind of
holy ghost,
I'm not so clever.

Friday 14 November 2008

Thursday 13 November 2008

Wednesday 12 November 2008

I once knew a millionaire

who lived just outside Dublin
with a marvellous megalith in his garden.
He kept shit in his fridge.

I was invited to stay
because I was 'gay',
but I really fancied the dolmen.

Tuesday 11 November 2008

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

the sickening hypocrisy
of the aggressive and evil
English Empire
now claiming (it seems successfully)
to have 'sacrificed' its subjects,
to have destroyed a thousand cultures
and ten thousand environments
in the name of Liberty and Justice!

Saturday 8 November 2008

Every 'middle-class' value

is false.
Every 'bourgeois' moral
is hypocritical.
This is obvious to every
four-year old -
which is why Education
is compulsory.

Thursday 6 November 2008

Wednesday 5 November 2008

All governments are bad

- though some are much worse
than others.
And sex is silly -
though sometimes it seems

Sunday 2 November 2008

All generalisations are wrong.

have poor peripheral vision
(because they look you in the eye),
and are now taught
to think that animals
are stupid machines.

who are always looking sideways
are good at catching shoplifters.

Saturday 1 November 2008

Check the Figures

Because English expansion,
piracy, conquest and empire
lasted for so long,
British genocides, reprisals,
occupations, wars and holocausts
wrought far more evil, mayhem
and destruction than Hitler's
unbecoming, evanescent Reich.
And no apology
will ever be forthcoming.

Friday 31 October 2008

Thursday 30 October 2008

Wednesday 29 October 2008

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Monday 20 October 2008

Since I judge

men by their beards
and women by their brains
almost all of my friends
are women.

Friday 17 October 2008

Thursday 16 October 2008

It is obvious

that most people would rather
be entertained than wise.
What is even more depressing is that
they would rather be entertained
than happy.

Wednesday 15 October 2008

Thursday 9 October 2008

Tuesday 7 October 2008

Forest :

an area the size of a football-pitch
is cut down
every second.

Monday 6 October 2008

Saturday 4 October 2008

Thursday 2 October 2008

Tuesday 30 September 2008

Monday 29 September 2008

Sunday 28 September 2008


Long ago, the population
of Babylon exceeded that of France.
Now, the population of one Chinese city
exceeds that of Australia and Canada

Thursday 25 September 2008

Tuesday 23 September 2008

They have taken away the poles

and replaced the cables
but the electricity
seems no better than before the war.

Saturday 20 September 2008

Men are mostly

women sometimes
The brain and the heart
are houses without air.

Thursday 18 September 2008

Wednesday 17 September 2008

Those who love silence

understand all that needs
to be understood.
Words are bedizened emptiness.

Tuesday 16 September 2008

Monday 15 September 2008

A Curious Thing

Men's armpits in their natural state
have a range of smells
- fennel, ginger,
leather, ripe date,
pipe-tobacco, damp logs -
but their balls
all smell the same

though maybe not to dogs.

Saturday 13 September 2008

The joy of sex

is not ejaculation
but the fun of doing silly,
sensual, sexy things
à deux.

Friday 12 September 2008

Thursday 11 September 2008

Louisiana Purchase

OK is a conflation of Scots Och Aye with French d'accord; and guy is a corruption of the French word gars with echoes of English anti-Catholic bonfires. 'Have a nice day!' is an intrusively imperative version of Bonne journée ! Denim comes from French de Nîmes, as Gènes, French for Genoa, turned into jeans.

Denim originated in Indian fishing communities around Bombay (Mumbai) and was the fabric used for Dungarees.

Wednesday 10 September 2008

Tuesday 9 September 2008

I am

a bubble of being
outside the bubble of breeding,
of meat- eaters
- almost a ghetto of one.

Monday 8 September 2008

Sunday 7 September 2008

Saturday 6 September 2008

Monday 1 September 2008

Thursday 28 August 2008


the Police Commissioner
to incarcerate the living
for being dead.

Tuesday 26 August 2008

Apart from our turds

(which dung-beetles like)
and our corpses
(which vultures value)
and our blood
(which nourishes leeches)
and our bones
(which dogs love to bury)
the only good thing that humans produce
(and which few other animals appreciate
is music.

Monday 25 August 2008

Sunday 24 August 2008

Friday 22 August 2008

Tuesday 19 August 2008

Sunday 17 August 2008

Saturday 16 August 2008

God is praised,

described, interpreted, denied
upon the pulp of trees.
And God is a tree.

Wednesday 13 August 2008

The most intelligent

being on the planet
uses his intelligence in unintelligent ways
and wipes out almost everything -
including (at last) himself:
another evolutionary error.
'intelligence' is just a fancy word
for 'pathological cunning'.

Monday 11 August 2008


was considered sinful
in medieval Europe.
But it is now
unacceptable to be
a hermit.

Saturday 9 August 2008

Friday 8 August 2008

Thursday 7 August 2008


Because we invented it,
time has been too long
on our side.

Because we are
time's product,
we have passed our sell-by date.

Tuesday 5 August 2008

Monday 4 August 2008

During the Black Death

the principal scapegoats
were Lepers and Jews.
The Gypsies had not then arrived.

Sunday 3 August 2008


are just the few and only people
who dare - or bother - to think
outside the corral of conformity.

Saturday 26 July 2008

Friday 25 July 2008


is in the instrument not played
- and in the instrument not made.

Thursday 24 July 2008

an excuse for cowardice

life is not worth living
but I'm not sure
that death is worth
killing myself for

Monday 21 July 2008

Saturday 19 July 2008

Human stupidity:

Growing crops to fuel cars,
wasting land on tasteless meat
instead of eating beans and fruit
and slugs and vegetables
and actually using our feet.

Thursday 17 July 2008

Monday 14 July 2008


the terrible difference
between man and beast
is terrible arrogance

(arrogance of ignorance
and stupidity)

Saturday 12 July 2008

Friday 11 July 2008

There can never be

more people living on the earth than ever died.
Man is the only beast designed for suicide.

Thursday 10 July 2008

Wednesday 9 July 2008

Monday 7 July 2008

Saturday 5 July 2008

In our solipsistic society

life gets more
and more interesting
for those who are interested
in life more than themselves.

Friday 4 July 2008

Machines are stupid

because they are brainless
and made by us
who are even more stupid
because we are ruled
by machines.

Wednesday 2 July 2008

Written on a viaduct

near Carcassonne:
God died for our peaches.

Tuesday 1 July 2008

What's so great about

- Einstein
- Art
- Orgasm
(to take three at random) ?

Charge and discharge,
Absence of serenity.


at 66
I'm starting my

Janáček Years:

all inspiration -
but no young lover
no sex, no fears.

Monday 30 June 2008


I visit the ugly, local graveyards
to read the names upon the
hideous graves -
the better to know the people I meet
and smile to in the street.


Sunday 29 June 2008


It is difficult to avoid
people who sacrifice
animals to sheer greed
(and mere habit).

Saturday 28 June 2008

Wednesday 25 June 2008


is better done in the dark:
it's so much easier
and leaves the day free
for sleep or the tending of plants.

Tuesday 24 June 2008


Though dead, Aristarchus 'had to wait'
two thousand years for his proposition
to be endorsed.

Monday 23 June 2008

The stupidest thing

about The Only Stupid Species
is that, unlike really
successful animals like rats,
cockroaches, spiders
and many other beasts
of true distinction,
we have dread
refuse to eat our dead.

And so The Sixth Extinction.


Perhaps unbreakable.

Saturday 21 June 2008

Thursday 19 June 2008

Made by humans,

machines are stupid.
We are even more stupid
as we are controlled more and more
by thoughtless machines.

Wednesday 18 June 2008


when the last
miserable human
dies, dehydrated
on this dessicated earth
- will he know
or care that
I told you so ?

Tuesday 17 June 2008


is on all men's lips -
except when they
shit on it.

Monday 16 June 2008

The Chippewa

have a word for
The Sickness of Long Thinking.

I have a word for
The Sickness of Bad Thinking:

Sunday 15 June 2008

Saturday 14 June 2008

Friday 13 June 2008

Thursday 12 June 2008

In the serenity of my alleged despair

I'm old enough
and wise enough
to know that life should not be engendered
much less saved,

Wednesday 11 June 2008

He told me I was

I asked him what the virtue was
in being conventional.

he replied.

Tuesday 10 June 2008

In our 'advanced' society

rites have almost disappeared
to be replaced by fragile,
arbitrary rights.

Sunday 8 June 2008

Friday 6 June 2008


should challenge us
- not send our debauched consciences to sleep.

Tuesday 3 June 2008

Wednesday 28 May 2008

For every good poem

there are perhaps a hundred
good novels.

(But novels are always

Saturday 24 May 2008

Wednesday 21 May 2008

Saturday 17 May 2008

Saturday 10 May 2008

Words are a plausible army

occupying the head.
That which most needs saying
is that which is left unsaid.

Thursday 8 May 2008

Looking forward to death,

to non-being
is a kind of paradox,
a strange logicality -
but mortality rocks!

Tuesday 6 May 2008

Monday 5 May 2008

'Listen to the ear of your heart'

said St Benedict. Where
is the ear of your heart ? Where
is your heart ? Where
is your ear ? Where
is your reason ? You are
deaf and numb:
a jerking product.

Saturday 3 May 2008

Friday 2 May 2008

It's not 'love'

that 'makes the world
go round' -
but the seizing
and abuse of power.

Thursday 1 May 2008

Which is worse:

that God is dead -
that poetry is dying -
or that the world
of the dodo is dead ?

Tuesday 29 April 2008

Monday 28 April 2008

Utopia -

such a relief to know
it could never
and doesn't
and cannot exist.

Sunday 27 April 2008

Friday 25 April 2008


by the dragon-breath
of academics,
wizened as a mummy's dug:
Contemporary Poetry.

Thursday 24 April 2008


is really knowing
what you really are:

the only kind of animal
that sneers.

Sunday 20 April 2008


Love - what is love ? A stupid, aching heart;
rage, tears, more rage, regret and long despair.
Life - what is life ? Expulsion from the lair
into a world that is a world apart.

Saturday 19 April 2008

Friday 18 April 2008

Thursday 17 April 2008


The terrible difference
between Man and Beast
is the terrible power
of arrogance.

Wednesday 16 April 2008

The anti-rights

of the anti-man
and the anti-woman
are only three:

The right to question everything
- everything
The right to be illiterate
The right to have no name.

Sunday 13 April 2008

With this poem

which you may think is not a poem
I offer you more than a poem:
a little gift of silence.

Friday 11 April 2008

Thursday 10 April 2008

Religion :

more an attempt to
justify the unjustifiable
than to explain the inexplicable.

Wednesday 9 April 2008

You write a poem,

stop. Then silence.
The silence is
a better poem:
the rest is
(as Verlaine wrote)
merely literature.

Tuesday 8 April 2008

Saturday 5 April 2008

A true atheist

is truly hard to find.
As they say in Albania:
Vetë e vërteta s'është shumë e fuqishme -
The truth, in truth, has little power.

Friday 4 April 2008


is a poor protection
from hurt:
a soiled nappy*
never removed.
Contempt is much saner.
The Cynic's secret of life
is to loaf, despise,
and be happy.

*[US: Diaper]

Thursday 3 April 2008

Wednesday 2 April 2008

Tuesday 1 April 2008

'Made in God's image',

the only species to make
war on itself
and all other species.

And you wonder why
I loathe monotheisms
and am ashamed to be human!

Monday 31 March 2008

The Jesus Laundrette *

for the most soiled
and torn and twisted souls.

* [US: Laundromat]

Sunday 30 March 2008

Saturday 29 March 2008

We think we're living

in the froth of time
and not, as the wretched know too well,
drowning in its dregs.

Friday 28 March 2008

Better not

to want to be
more than you are already;
better not to have
what you will not be happy to lose.

Tuesday 25 March 2008

Monday 24 March 2008


is the art of display
and the "Great" are greatly alone
while the small are
merely arrogant.

Sunday 23 March 2008

Saturday 22 March 2008

Friday 21 March 2008

Saturday 15 March 2008

People, rubbish

people, rubbish, people,
rubbish, people, rubbish,
people, rubbish, people,
rubbish, people, rubbish,
people, rubbish, people,
rubbish, rubbish, people,
rubbish, rubbish, rubbish,
rubbish, rubbish,
rubbish, rubbish,

Friday 14 March 2008

The problem with Reason

is that we throw out the
Information that would
allow us to exercise it.

Wednesday 12 March 2008

Kiss a girl and marry the world

Marry a girl and live with the world
Lie with a girl and father the world
Live with a girl and die with the world

Sunday 9 March 2008

He lost his fur

in a storm
- and instead of letting more grow
he's been trying to change the weather.

Monday 3 March 2008

Wednesday 27 February 2008