THINK of the ending FIRST

The Poet Max Herrmann by George Grosz

I always think of the ending first, and then the beginning last; a gap in the tooth Of. After a while, thought becomes like star-fossils. The Talmud: “We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.” I have learned not to alienate myself from learning, because the exclusions of the precisions of Interest is a downfall, particularly when one ponders a type of false, complex “fate” that is within disassociation. Everything is as distinct as some historic diary.

Thought goes through the skull; the ears tingle. Foucault: “People know what they do, most people even know why they do what they do, but what they don’t know is what they do does.” With the admission of an unfriendly United States, the rights of the rebels are apparently to aid the pirates on every sea. Distance and time appear to have eyes that are inexpressibly horrible. Conspicuous amongst a glossy radiance, the worst advantage is the thriving, stirring, energetic body that pretends to run errands for “the better of our nation.” The power of charm, the power of foolery, stations itself.

Trochilick motions. The way a bird flies by the window, seeing it with the peripheral.

As for Word against Desire? My soul touches upon nerves and I am inward at present as much as my life draws a curtain across from it, as fast as principal points that come to pass, that are for the every day of which to be trusted. Every day to have what is most astonishing, a subject in the world so eloquent, to sharpen misery in this life can be avoided; to remind you of specimens, of singularity, of the light that other previous opinions said as much that was odd and childish, but a notion to spring out of the way of thinking in which one will see nothing that one has not placed, or weighed, in ones own light. The exact invisible friction from balance will have gravitation like a stranger’s nose with equal confidence in all places concerning it. Now to add: if any thing differed from description, this is the perfect beauty; sweet air of the heavens!—what splendid vibrations in regions of the heart! The brain being little more than a whisper, like looking into pupils, to come to immediate contact, to be quieted more suddenly.

Observed: A woman wearing a pink hoodie walks a brown dog around the neighborhood. An elderly man gets out of a silver car that had parked down the street, closing the door slowly, his hand staying in the same position for a few moments without moving a blazing muscle as if listening intently, or thinking about the times when his girly-girl girlfriend would blow sweet everything's to him from out of the reflecting window. Where is she now. I think of the joists in his frail joints, time not giving a diddly-squat as he walked up the green hill with a woman that was wearing purple pants reminding me of manzanita trees.

Hatred shrinks everything. Or blows it up to the size of a pinhole, that enormously-tiny. The heart, when aching, turns flips in the chest, the stomach reacts by mimicking; the mind tries to comprehend the visual of these movements but there are no visuals nor words available for such emotions.

Came across this wondrous poem by Mazen Kerbaj, titled, DON’T FEED THE ARTIST:

What is an artist’s status in society? Is he a half-god, a parasite, an
exhibitionist or a circus freak?

What kind of relation does he have to his viewers and non-viewers?
Do his pictures need to be seen for them to exist?

Is creating a work of art like a boxing fight? Who emerges the winner? Who
is the judge? What is the ring?

At an exhibition, is it the artist or the work of art exhibiting
himself/herself/itself the most? To whom are they exhibiting themselves?
When and where does an exhibition begin? And when does it end?

Far from answering such questions, Mazen Kerbaj tries at least to ask them.
For ten days he will shut himself inside a glass cage (exhibiting himself)
to work. As soon as any picture is finished, it will be hung on the walls of
the cage, allowing the viewers to follow step-by-step the evolution of the
On the final evening (during the preview/taking down) the exhibition can
finally begin, and finish.

Susan Christie sung something like, “His life’s like cotton-candy and an illusion not much there.” Paraphrasing the paraphrasables. The color chocolate enhances concentration. History is more than a “record.” Is History behind itself?

As if saying “if you know what I mean” changes the entire meaning of a sentence.

I love to look at young people and imagine how they will look when they are old.

Law streams out to strive for steadiness, we touch it without temperature in the body. 98.6 degrees, like a corresponding instrument of the soul. Why do my wings tuck themselves out of view? What is outside of How? Do not move! You are being watched! You will be on CNN. You will be a flare from a bomb. You will be universally-driven to a Brand New Fundamental Tomorrow. Today is clicking itself away, like the scratching-sound on the window late at night; you grab the gun, you wait, you observe more than waiting.

When I Think, it is like parrot-chatter. I enter from the side of a building which is really the front. Looks are deceiving. I am smothered in your Llanguage, your Lloveliness, propelled and inflated like a triumphant hippo, starry old skies always remain, clawed out the black of the sky, left it flashing with bright white, like the power of childhood, and then childhood, like a bolt, dissolves into another universe, seemingly reinforced by the other universes surrounding us. Life, shadowed by memory, the terrain of, indeed, the multiplied cosmos.

Should I encounter a house to adopt or to adapt, to resemble or to collect the seeds of the scene and scatter them into The Now? Chicken-clawed out of everything, raised my hand, you slap at it. Operate into me, drift into me like a fog, between our words which are femtoseconds apart rather than attoseconds. It’s not a language we speak when we speak.

The sleeping giant sleeps merely to dream of being as basic as Matter. Who were the sleeping giant’s parents? He may never know the answer to that question, or it is a secret; but no secret to me, because I know, but I will never tell. No matter what you think of or what answer you expel, it will be incorrect, incorrect, incorrect. Errorerrorerror. Wider than pupils, bright in Bright.

The “tide” of The Beach Boys is being calmed by Michael Jackson's “moon” walking. Was.

Goethe: “Unless the eye contained the substance of the sun how could we ever look on the light?”

Wordsworth: “. . .In my thoughts, There was a darkness, call it solitude / Or blank desertion, no familiar shapes / Of hourly objects, images of trees; / Of sea or sky, no colours of green field; / But huge and mighty Forms.”

Often times certain art burns me up worse than a pyrotechnician’s miscue. A possible tornado came through during my early childhood; the way I held the guitar, what snatched me away from history? I became an alien to this world, collecting strange devices out of pure curiosity, I was phenomenally distracted, immersed in unclear boundaries, floating in ambiguous space with incomprehensible questions tugging at my throat. I typically answer myself with a soft, whispering voice and often the words are unknown, partially inaudible like dream-speech. Abstract words are stunningly truthful and they make me sleepy.

Dreams dripping from my ears. I don not find great moods, they find me, and then I examine their possibilities and bend them into my own reality. Who is tracking our Internet activities? The poet and the poet’s poet’s friend’s dog. Ginsberg once remarked that there is no Beat Generation, that it was all a journalistic hex.

Whatever it takes to levitate. I won the coin toss, but you can go first.

I am too Numerical for a Tongue.

The Poor Poet
by Carl Spitzweg (1839)
: [From Here:
Spitzweg depicts a writer living out the familiar image of the starving artist in wretched conditions in a small room in an attic. The painting contains many significant images. The poet writes while huddling under his bedcovers and wearing a tattered coat and nightcap. The writer has been burning some of his own work – most likely volumes I and II since volumes III and IV remain in bundles on the floor. The fire in the room has obviously gone out since the poet rests his hat on the cold stovepipe and no live coals are visible in the stove. Indeed this cold stove is the darkest part of the picture and symbolizes the writer’s sorry state of affairs.]


The Burden by Hernan Bas

My heart is like obelisks. My poems are getting tinier and tinier like 21st century gadgets. Some people tend to have Daltonism during the Christmas season; infrared bubbles popping in the brain. People often equate blanks as being something naughty. “Why hide it?” they may think or say. Response: It is not hidden; it has just lost a little esteem. Blinking out & in & in & out. I wrote a poem today. It is called, I Wrote A Poem Today. The contents: “I wrote / a poem / today.” The audicity! The neeerrrve. I erupt through nerves, spin-out like tires, grease-spot on bluejeans, like dreaming in color: green skies, blue grass. Not the music. But, the music too. “Bohor” by Xenakis. Listen to that while writing. This is the perfect utensil for accompaniment when writing, this kind of music. Examples are fewer than found when one pants over observing too closely. Patti Smith looks as though she’d have bad breath. I am sorry, Patti. I am just a wild horse, running until I become a surmise of one’s ponderable iris. I crack myself up. Someone pick up the pieces.

Crushed into thought, cranium leaks wordage. The new-old year must mean that I am now old enough to walk around the edge of the swimming pool. The poo is ajar in your backyard when the dog “messes in the yard.” “Someone in town has a crush on you”—x2—repeated in the scent of spam. The conception of the no proof of a great mind is a man’s attempt to realize his great design is planted in mindbursts, underneath a thought, to be glanced into a haunt. Who would promise not to float seedily around popular space and countenance? One must wisely determine illustrationby living examples, as if with manual arms, like the sleight hand of a juggler. Investigated anatomical views, without study, without doctrination, will form logical groundwork, like steel, with the eye of a gyrfalcon, on an arctic coast, through one’s window-panes, beyond the glass, beyond the circumference of idealogy. The rain pours, floods as if assassinly, nature is always dressed properly like a brilliant mathematician. My gentlemany exercise possesses a greater force, not ever hinting, but like how an athlete will take the field as if the field were a ballroom.

I used to learn magic tricks when I was a teenager, and I would often perform them for various people, primarily family, just to see what their reactions would be. Even when I made mistakes, it was interesting the variety of reactions. This may be one reason why I find “trickery” and “surrealism” so interesting in all artistic aspects. It tends to leave one astounded, mystified and "wondering.” I, myself, like to feel that way, so in conceptual photography I try and focus on what I can do to at least create a “mysterious moment.”

Jim Shepard: “The water nearest the ice seemed disturbingly calm.”

Nature, like art, often takes me to greater heights, as “fresh and unexpected” as a formal parterre garden of boxwood and lavender in front of a mystical cottage. Instant atmosphere.

Terry Gilliam: “Later, when I started university, I discovered great films by Bergman, Kurosawa, Fellini (...) I became obsessed by all those foreign directors to such an extent that American films seemed rubbish. Actually, I didn’t want to see any more American films. Those films drove me crazy.”

Sven Nykvist did things with a camera that no one will ever match. It is better to think of a poem than to write it down. “Hold that thought.” Literally holding it, like you would a freshly-picked flower. Noticing how every trend seemingly initiates (ignites) from genderly-tender blends that begin with celebrity-awe, the television’s eye duping the “common views” of citizens like an incomplete map that “searches” for the right hands, the gods and goddesses of the world being worshipped like academics.

The other day, I clamoured around a book store; every male squinting, their eyebrows like horizons, miniature Baracks—every female seemingly wearing vintage brown boots; their pants tucked into them. Each leg screaming: “We need a revival!” Heaven is cleared out. Observation is like learning words that are hidden. Instance is steered, Trompe-l’œil, all of these familiar scenes. Reserved progymnasmatas. Pure ekphrasis. Overtoned muteness, sleight-of-sight, the sky sheilded by grey.

Certain shames like holiday shopping prowlers, or why there is not more snow in that snowglobe sitting on the microwave next to opened packs of salt and pepper. The real question is how to block out these shames (shams) like reaching for a reflection, not to blink within the discipline of the mind.

From Veronica by Mary Gaitskill: “My livid past still lingered about me, but faintly, like the roar inside a seashell, and my longing for it was a dull arrhythmic spasm, or murmur, in the meat of my functioning heart.”

Richard Hugo said that if you are really strange that you are always in enemy territory, and that your constant concern is survival. I say that if you are really strange you do not acknowlege it, because you do not know, like how a schizophrenic doesn’t know that he or she is a schizophrenic. I also wonder who the “wise man” was that told Mr. Hugo to never write a poem about anything that ought to have a poem written about it.

Words of wisdom: Don’t ever clock your clock.

Jabès once said that the book of resemblances remains to be written. My response: Just paste a mirror to every page.

Or, would this be considered a “mania”? Like,

...What we are to understand in this matter of metamorphosis into wolves is that there is an illness doctors call lupine mania...

—from Cervantes’s The Toils of Persiles and Sigismunda (1617)

The light at this hour exuviates a kind of exhaustless equanimity.

Go on and dive into my equilibrium. Feel that spasmodic whirlpool. I have dug through every room searching for certain parts of me—seemingly in vogue—vague leaps of faith. My brain has begun to develop a patina.

When I woke this morning, I was devoted to neutrals. I walked out of the bathroom devoted to painstaking productions of memory. Punched up with turquoise.

I found the shoeboxful of high school letters from girls that apparently found me interesting. I opened a few, read them, realized that these girls just needed a head to speak to. Wall space for paintings. I wondered if my face was still at the forefront of their Mind’s eye like their faces are in mine, or if the wicker of time has become the finest history. This is what it is to keep diaries and memoirs; some of them like the brutal front of a bloodthirsty guttersnipe. Familiarity is half-understood like the ant. Restraint and Balance, pack-rat Dynasties, agglutinated by the ethereal ribbed glass lanterns that flicker in the soul, artificial flavor added to memory. I placed the letters back into the box, back into the closet.

What I love about certain things is not about what they consist of, but instead what they are lacking.

Self-portrait by Kazimir Severinovich Malevich