There is a tiny flaw in happiness, which renders it potentially worthless: money buys it. I have witnessed happiness, yet not participated in it.
Monthly Archives: September 2013
facebook serves as one more accumulator of the past. It is based on a presupposition seemingly rational, self-aware of psychology, that to repress and not see the past would be to allow oneself to be haunted. Rather than repression, allowing a visibility might require less effort of destruction and concealment, providing the illusion of continuity; of not hiding, un-ostrich-like behavior; one is responsible for a web of contacts from forgotten years whose associations are either meaningless or sentimental. It is a chain thrown over to reveal shape and penumbra, the collection of a palace of phantoms in blue and white hellenic marble.
Yet this is actually a superstitious mentality, and rather than live with the occasional imago or phantom of the vanished and abandoned–be these sweet or unwanted–there is the hope of escape from the painful flashes of memory, by instead assembling a makeshift cathedral full of sainted photographs and images of those who, by having an accepted friend request, can feel they are not forgotten, not severed
My poem “My Internet Search for Freedom” is forthcoming in The Transnational, a literary magazine branching from the Postpoetry foundation in Berlin. Poems in the online Transnational, I hear, have a good chance of getting into print. Check their website in the weeks to come, or better, buy the print journal. http://www.postpoetry-magazine.com/pages/en/home.php
The short short story “Dances of the Solar Ostrich Men” which I adapted from some pages of my travelogues in Athens, Greece is in the online lit journal Mobius: The Magazine of Social Change, see here http://mobiusmagazine.com/fiction/dancesof.html
Buenos Aires Reader is a literary blog in English (also bilingual) based in Argentina, edited by Rick Powell. My poem on the literary blog Buenos Aires Reader is
to be found here: http://buenosairesreader.com/2013/09/04/poemgranat/
Shana Tova. Tashlikh, my poem I wrote for the Jewish new year Rosh Hashanah is in Jewrotica! the web-magazine of erotica with Jewish themes http://jewrotica.org/2013/09/tashlikh/
before the canned razzia insecticide
the spiderwebs that the previous resident had installed
somehow did the work, the cockroaches emerged from
the wet Pampas autumn, but remained small
I bought the little roach motels
one day the supermarket Chinese were out of the little black roach motels
I bought the Raid cylinder and
after a week of using it, the technology of the spiderweb acoustics
seemed no longer operative, like abandoned machine propellors
of Teotihuacan, to which the instructions were lost or ineligible,
can longer make stone cities float in lake winter
the cockroaches are a bit bigger now,
they have a different pattern on their ugly wings, and I hate them much more.
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It has nothing to do with gassed Syrians any more than the two gulf wars had to do with the Iraqis (Iraqi Kurds) against whom Saddam Hussein had also used chemical weapons.
The real interests are
1. The United States wants to show that despite its image as an autumning imperial power with the rise of competing imperialisms like Russia and China, that it is still
alive and kicking in its ability to police the world. It is in a territorial show down with Russia, whereas no one had opposed the US since the Cold War as Russia (despite
Russia being as much an immoralist and concerned with resources over human bodies in its dealings with Chechnya)
2 . Weapons of Mass Distraction. There is an urgency for the hysteria of humanitarian intervention. The hawks who applaud Jean Francois Hollande and Cameron would ask
why there is no intervention in Egypt–as Egypt had dominated international news before the question rose to the fore of attacking Syria to compensate for Assad’s chemical weapons.
It is possible that United States needs to distract the world of media hysteria from the fact that the West has decided to support a military coup regime in Egypt.
Morsi had carried out a despotic and arrogant rule persecuting any Egyptian who differed from his politics–which involved the new phenomenon of Islam Inc,
of Islamism supporting extreme economic liberalism exploiting the lower classes who had been their support base. Morsi persecuted any artist, intellectual, religious believer
or dissident not in line with salafi and Islamist conformism.
Millions of Egyptians protested against him asking him to resign after he violated his promises–this is a democratic act, the people have a right to ask a president who
betrayed them to resign, and they had voted for him because after the revolution there was no alternative party to that of the overthrown oppressor Hosni Mobarak (let out of prison under Morsi) other than the Muslim Brotherhood party.
When the Egyptians asked for a democratically elected president who turned into a megalomaniacal dictator to resign, the last expectation on the minds and hearts of many of these protestors could have been what the Wall Street Journal said in its article headline that “Egypt Needs a New Pinochet.(http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/06/wall-street-journal-editorial-egypt-pinochet )
A war on Syria is necessary to distract as the United States switches its position on Egypt, has corrupted and stolen the Arab Spring, and is now trying to favor an Egyptian Pinochet–
it all happened so fast, the world’s media was paying attention as a military junta arose that might favor the US, which is not supposed to happen. Enter the fraud, the new
performance of so-called humanitarian intervention in Syria (humanitarian intervention in violation of all international legal principles since the age of Cicero through the Geneva convention until today)
The united states in its autumn, it wants to show it is not an impotent emperor and needs a standoff, whether yet another country is destroyed is irrelevant.
*(photo of Kerry having dinner with Assad, courtesy of Hamid Dabashi’s facebook page)
Reading an interview in The Quarterly Conversation I came across this interesting quote from writer Abdellatif Laabi: “There’s something archaic in the function of the poet that we should never abandon. It’s an archaic art. In poetry, we find the first expression of human emotions: anger, fear, doubt, etc. Human memory has been conveyed by poetry. And it’s also true that in its original, almost archaic, function, there was something prophetic about it. “
The interview in its entirety can be read here: http://quarterlyconversation.com/the-abdellatif-laabi-interview
A tiny component of hell exists in not having an agent.