Friday, June 21, 2013

Pants We Call Chaos


Marvin Bell

1. About the Dead Man and the Foundry

The dead man hath founded the dead man's foundry.
He acted in the past perfect, he funded it with clean dirt, pure water
     and the spotless air.
Then he was melted, he was molded, he was poured and shook out.
He was ground and sanded, he was machined to a sweet tolerance.
The dead man took pains to stay alive, this was how.
It was the undersong of the self, the subtext, the no-man's-land's calling.
For the dead man was subterranean to start.
He was the tuber in the sun, the worm warming, the root that stays put.
The dead man became again what he was, he germinated.
It was the foundry of the sun, the foundry of the earth's core, the foundry
     of the electric light and the dry cell.
It was the retrofit energy that did it, the assemblage after dispersion,
     the kick in the pants we call chaos.
We are the children of a hothouse, among orchids that grow in lava.

2. More About the Dead Man and the Foundry

The foundry of the dead man pops and smolders with re-creation.
It is recreated in the titanic and the miniature, every detail.
Within the dead man, the same fire burns.
The same furnace, the same raw materials that made flesh.
The same red water, the same liquid sinew cooling.
The dead man's foundry has made weapons and ploughshares, and
     those who use them.
The foundry and the forge, the shapes imprisoned in the molten streams
     of rough matter, these are precursors of the human, too.
The steam escaping from a wounded body is the foundry.
The heat of exhalation, the blush of desire, the red sun under the skin—
     they are the foundry.
And the high temperature of the ill, and the heat of the first foundry reassembling
     at its source.
If you believe in the reformation of energy, then you believe as well in the
     dead man.
He is heating up, and what is emotion?


  1. "Shtarker! 'Zees ees KAOS! Ve don't pffft* heeere."

    * Blogfart

    Thanks for noticing!

  2. i object to terminology "this shitty blog"

    a) too harsh
    b) not true
    c) compared to what?

  3. Reading Salon makes you a threat.

    What does that make their pop-up ads?

  4. justin raimondo of sent me this:

    Pardon Snowden Now! Last Chance to Sign White House Petition

    When darkness begins to fall, some curse the shadows – and others turn on the lights.

    One man, a 29-year-old former spook and apparent libertarian, has stepped forward to reveal the truth about what our government is doing – and rescue our liberties from the warlords of Washington. One man had the courage to step forward and speak truth to power: in some dictionaries, that’s called "narcissism." In mine, it’s called bravery.

    Americans must send a message to Edward Snowden, one that will also be immediately noted and understood by our nervous rulers: Ed, we’ve got your back!

    That’s why it’s so vitally important for you to sign the White House petition to pardon Snowden.

    It’s the least we can do for a man who has sacrificed everything so that Americans might be given one last chance wake up and restore the Constitution. The petition -- started by an anonymous person from Rochester, New York, with the initials "P.M." -- immediately took off, with over 50,000 in the first 48 hours, but it is now stuck at around 90,000 – with until July 9th to reach a total of 100,000, and thus earn an official White House response.

    Topping 100,000 – even after they raised the threshold from 25,000 – would score a huge public relations coup for the cause of civil liberties and force the White House to acknowledge the popularity of Snowden’s cause.

  5. So tired of the NSA. All this meta theta alpha gamma data mining isn't KAOS enough. They just don't make supervillains like they used to.

  6. On another topic: Monster Walks the Winter Lake might be my favorite release from that stage in the Thomas/Ubu history. Often and unfairly overlooked. I really liked Blame The Messenger, too.

  7. so in tune of tug boat to day above of sat , slow danced for a dapper wears man in warm rain here to that song ..then came in to see it here .. .. . .