Poems of love and dissent from Azerbaijan, two of my translations of poet Imanova Günel


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In the summer edition of the always-good Knot Magazine, edited by Kristen Scott, you can read two of my translations of the Azerbaijani poet Imanova Günel.

The poems are How to Keep Silent About You, and The Snake Below the Pillow. One of  the translations I made of an untitled poem of Gunel’s appeared previously in the Blue Lyra Review’s winter 2015 issue, read it online here http://bluelyrareview.com/imanova-gunel/.

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The Migration Backwards (link to an article I wrote published in Counterpunch Magazine weekend edition)


http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/21/the-migration-backwards/

“”The Dutch newspapers like Volkskrant run headlines with the slogan “Minder Minder Minder!” “Less! Less! Less!’’ as if they are burdened by the stench and density, the intolerable presence of the foreigners. The columnists and reporters present it as a matter of common sense. What is most counter-intuitive, unnatural and modern is presented as human logic and timeless morality: they did not create the problem, therefore it is not their responsibility if the hordes drown in the sea. When in history was port denied on such a massive scale? During the 17th and 18th centuries the colonies provided a gateway for those who wanted to flee to refuge or disappear if they could no longer subsist within Europe or if they sought any avenue of escape from the nation-states-wars and persecution.””

Continues at http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/21/the-migration-backwards/  Counterpunch, Weekend Edition!

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At the base of fascism, at the base of totalitarianism, is a kind of engineered thoughtlessness, according to Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism. The inability to think, to allow things to become normal that should be viewed with horror. Censorship against artists, murder of caricaturists, drowning of immigrants, selling off of universities to be replaced by managers, the erosion of freedoms, the right of every doctor lawyer and dentist not only to fancy himself a great novelist, artist, poet or writer but also to be taken seriously as such, the bureaucratization of all levels of social life, the trivialization of anti-semitism, the drowning of arabs, the intentional inversion of traditional forms of sexism and racism as if these are ”emancipatory’ and sensational ”empowerment”, the destruction of entire countries in the name of either debts or counterterrorism or their liberation, and their replacement by companies, the vilification of intellectuals by inferior intellectuals.

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The last poem by Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, and the first she wrote in English. Welfare Island is said to refer to the insane-asylum-isle of that name in New York, but I think it also has the meaning of the fate of Puerto Rico as a modernized, or post-modern colony of the United States.

Originally posted on pewterbreath:

It has to come from here,
right this instance,
my cry into the world.

The past is only a shadow emerging from
nowhere.

Life was somewhere forgotten
and sought refuge in depths of tears
and sorrows;
over this vast empire of solitude and darkness.
Where is the voice of freedom,
freedom to laugh,
to move
without the heavy phantom of despair?
Where is the form of beauty
unshaken in its veil, simple and pure?
Where is the warmth of heaven
pouring its dreams of love in broken
spirits?

It has to be from here,
right this instance,
my cry into the world.
My cry that is no more mine,
but hers and his forever,
the comrades of my silence,
the phantoms of my grave.

It has to be from here,
forgotten but unshaken,
among comrades of silence
deep into Welfare Island
my farewell to the world.

Little you probably know…

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August 27, 2015 · 2:39 pm

Necropolis-Ark for the Saints of Oswieçim (blueprint)


This is a blueprint, a model for an art-installation I intend to build, as soon as the ample required funding and extended residency is granted: it is a shrine, to adorn the late-ancient archeological site of Oswieçim, Poland, which has persistently attracted great archeological interest on a world-wide scale, perhaps because it is also home to a famous historical-themed park of adrenaline, or perhaps because of its gravitational axis-point under the stars of the Sirius nebulae — such were the claims, in any case, of a German scientist who was partial to the Sutra-like teachings of Nicola Tesla. But it was Ragner Rainer, MSc, who estimated the geo-point under the feet of the unknowing people of Oswieçim, to be the very Axis Mundi or World Center-point itself. (Arguably, the latter theory was perhaps one of the sinister Sins of Romanticism in Science, today inadmissible in the era of counter-romanticism by way of a water-tight, perfect impermeable Scientism of human social-participation administrators, who have clearly learned many lessons from the education park located at the world’s center-crate, Oscwieçim, grown with the fecund greenery and vegetation native to Polish landscapes.)

Necropolis-Ark

for the Saints of Oswieçim, an archeological ruin in present-day Greater Silesia, Poland.

prologue/ musical quote from Gorecki, Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters)

”The first case of idolatry was surely fear of things, and therefore also fear of the necessity of things, and therefore also of responsibility for them. This responsibility seemed so vast that people didn’t even dare to lay it at the feet of a single divine being, because the intervention of one such being would not sufficiently lighten the weight of human responsibility, the negotiation with one being would have remained too much stained with the responsibility, and therefore each thing was given the responsibility for itself, or more, the things were also given a measure of responsibility for the human.” Kafka, Aphorism 92, from The Zurau 

(Die erste Götzenanbetung war gewiß Angst vor den Dingen, aber damit zusammenhängend Angst vor der Notwendigkeit der Dinge und damit zusammenhängend Angst vor der Verantwortung für die Dinge. So ungeheuer erschien diese Verantwortung, daß man sie nicht einmal einem einzigen Außermenschlichen aufzuerlegen wagte, denn auch durch Vermittlung eines Wesens wäre die menschliche Verantwortung noch nicht genug erleichtert worden, der Verkehr mit nur einem Wesen wäre noch allzusehr von Verantwortung befleckt gewesen, deshalb gab man jedem Ding die Verantwortung für sich selbst, mehr noch, man gab diesen Dingen auch noch eine verhältnismäßige Verantwortung für den Menschen.)

10357198_10154309460365858_470460699765553465_n St Jadwiga, born in Oswieçem.

WELCOME to the pre-opening of an exhibition-in-progress using the patron saints and patron sainthoods of the Polish city of Oscwieçim, better known, sadly, by its name in the German tongue.

The idea for this exhibition came when meditating after reading the spiritual novel Mr Mani by the Israeli author AB Yehoshua, where one of his characters sees, in an apocalyptic vision Saint Jadwiga of Osweiçim. *Let it be known to the barbarous, or those illiterate in either German or Greek, that apocalyptic vision is a redundancy, as apocalypse is Greek for ”revelation”. The current curator is not from a Christian context, neither Catholic patriot nor an anti-Catholic-activist; however, he has visited the geographical sites imbued and invested with these particular sainthoods and anointed idols. This is not an experiment in Santería or Voudou, though the author has been made familiar with that mythological system as well. You may freely enter as a non-pilgrim, or as a pilgrim, or to report the map that led you here, in search of non-return. The apocalypse (in the crude understanding of cataclysm or the Orientalist concept ”end of the ”world”, not the Greek ”revelation”) if it exists, is a fully participatory, proactive democratic system of options and points. You are welcome to converse with saints, to attempt their conversion or your own; or to blaspheme: though it is not recommended or commendable, as the saint of thieves, fetuses and prisoners is among those present and you might well need her grace”

Bienvenue au cette avant-vernissage des cultes et saints du ville polonaise d’Oscwiecim, mieux connu en allemande comme Auschwitz.

Bienvenidos a este muestra debajo construcción de los imágenes de santos polacos del pueblo de Oswiecim, mejor conocido como Auschwitz”

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St Don Bosco, Patron Saint of Oswieçim, was an Italian priest of the Salesian order.

10448205_10154309341210858_987322406538410008_n-1“”Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv., (Polish: Maksymilian Maria Kolbe [maksɨˌmiljan ˌmarja ˈkɔlbɛ]; 8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity. He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life, pro-fetal movement.

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“All Saints Day” in Oswieçiem crypt/necropolis.

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“”St. John Kanty receives his name from his birthplace, Kant, near Oswieçim in Poland. His parents were country folk of respectable position and, seeing that their son was as quick and intelligent as he was good, they sent him in due course to the University of Cracow.””

saint-teresa-benedicta-01 Edith Stein, renamed St Teresa of Benedicta, died after conversion in Oswieçiem “”Edith Stein (St Benedicta): “”Born 12 October 1891 at Breslaw, Dolnoslaskie, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) as Edith Stein Died gassed on 9 August 1942 in the ovens of Oswiecim (a.k.a. Auschwitz), Malopolskie (Poland) Venerated 26 January 1987 by Pope John Paul II Beatified 1 May 1987 by Pope John Paul II in the cathedral at Cologne, Germany Canonized 11 October 1998 by Pope John Paul II Patronage against the death of parents Europe martyrs Representation Star of David” http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross/ 

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Publication of “Literatures of the South in Conversation with Imperial Feminism” in the feminist magazine Hysteria


http://www.hystericalfeminisms.com/literatures-of-the-south-in-conversation-with-imperial-feminism/

“Like the arsenals first tested in experiments at MIT laboratories, gender-theory has been pre-tested in the climate of witch-hunts on college campuses, for application in new forms of nonviolent interstate warfare”

“Today, it is far more commonplace for men who formerly assumed a conservative approach to gender politics to later come forward as vigilantes touting ”male feminism”, surreptitiously opening a backdoor for returning patriarchy: it often seems impossible to distinguish the vigilanteism of men calling out ”sexism” with the conservative societal role of a man who steps in to ”defend women” and to reinstate ”respect for women”.”

http://www.hystericalfeminisms.com/literatures-of-the-south-in-conversation-with-imperial-feminism/

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Stockholm Review // The Stagnelius Section


Arturo Desimone.

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