Posts Tagged ‘haiku’

Kenneth Goldsmith #1

July 27, 2013

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Brion Gysin is
the horizontal axis
of the avant-garde

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Concrete poetry’s
shelf life is about a week—
the same as gossip

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The New York Times is
Vogue with rabbinical text
and raw editing

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Writing is fifty
years behind fashion, but it’s
gorgeously simple

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Cooperative
mimesis is the flatness
of community

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The parameters
of the abstract canon are
ennui’s storage bins

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The normative speech
of idiosyncratic
art is radiance

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Cage, Ginsberg, Warhol
and Whitman: grubby merchants
all, plain and greedy

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[Goldsmith is virtually unrepresented on quote sites. All text pooled from his interview with Marjorie Perloff in Jacket magazine, 2003]

Yoko Ono

June 16, 2013

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Love is a silver
mirror bursting in the fast
ocean of my heart

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The metronome of
time is an obsessive dream
of silent music

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This society
is a gallery show that
runs on pain money

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Art is permanent
even if nobody else
in this world sees it

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When controversy
is sacrificed to power,
culture can’t exist

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The peace and healing
of prophetic wisdom is
lost beyond sad air

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Vibrations flow from
the intelligent body—
walking is thinking

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Raoul Vaneigem

June 7, 2013

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The key to the new
art is within each atom
of pure suffering

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Survival is a
license to consume the oil
of eternal dreams

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Daily life is the
corpse of poetry murdered
by enduring love

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Revolution is
a mechanized cycle of
democratic rage

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The truth is knowledge
constrained by understanding
and necessity

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Philosophy is
starvation of the mind by
mortification

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The refusal of
banal pleasure insults your
productivity

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The slaughterhouse of
poverty sings with the drowned
mouth of advantage

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Schopenhauer

May 14, 2013

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Every suicide
of a theologian is
a resurrection

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Patriotism is
the wax dog of cowardice
barking at your heart

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A man is himself
only so long as he’s not
intelligible

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The monogamous
relationship will never
assuage solitude

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After your death you
will be what you were before
music existed

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A man’s brain is an
idiot text, parasite
of his intellect

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Perversity is
a fascination with the
inexplicable

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Samuel Beckett

April 4, 2013

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Radishes are all
we have. We have words, but they’re
unnecessary.

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Obliterate bliss.
Pulverize delirium.
Weep for butterflies.

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There’s no cure for a
God who is no longer young,
reduced to dying

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Reason is tripe. Love
is tripe. Death is tripe. But they’re
not all the same tripe.

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Regret nothing but
hideous calculations
and the shine of boots

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Time is a vulgar
sonata, idle discourse
for the hunted deaf

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The sun looked upon
nothingness; silent gleam of
the world’s spangled bones

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Susan Sontag

March 8, 2013

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Boredom is the dull
reverse side of every Right-
wing paranoid lie

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The best thing about
religion is heresy
in a baroque church

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Surrealism is
sadomasochism without
the pornography

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Marx is sexier
than bourgeois social life; he’s
an erotic dream

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Cogito, ergo
something like communism is
human salvation

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American love
is a philistine excess
of sensory dread

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Contemporary
art is all-out war—culture’s
lunatic death mask

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Socrates (via Plato et al.)

February 23, 2013

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Luxury is the
natural contentment with
artificial things

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I am in friendly
harmony with evil: My
mother is for sale

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There is only one
good, but it is not in the
field of my knowledge

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Having the fewest
wants, I am nearest to the
poverty of God

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Old age is wretched;
I’ve had as much as a man
can bear and then some

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Beauty infects the
soul with the desire for gold
and wise ignorance

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Justice and virtue
are false words; follow not where
they aspire to lead

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Jack London

February 8, 2013

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The proper function
of God is to prolong our
suffering. That’s it.

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Every atom of
me is a traitor to my
class and my mother

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I’m hungry for the
magnificent glow of your
loins to spill wet eggs

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Memories are the
ashes of ecstasy, the
dust of forgiveness

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Nature violates
my sanity; it eats at
my inspiration

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Moonlight is a sheet
of flame that will burst the world
like a meteor

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Cash is the bone and
fame is the dog; go after
that dog with a club

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The lavish hand of
charity is limitless . . .
Father the unborn!

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Spinoza

January 21, 2013

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He alone is free
who lives with the confusion
of natural sin

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True virtue is life
under the direction of
the divine absurd

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Whatsoe’er is, is
in music. Without music
there is only God

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As you go to war,
be abject, indignant and
love deformity

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Salvation is the
greatest pride, far beyond man’s
self-complacency

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We feel and know that
happiness is a nuisance;
we strive not to laugh

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By common consent,
a humble ignorance is
our greatest desire

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Henry David Thoreau

January 9, 2013

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A man is rich in
proportion to the number
of things he regrets

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It is unwise to
keep one’s feet on a level
with eternity

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A government that
imprisons unjustly is
every government

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I stand in awe of
the sparrow, who builds temples
in the air of time

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The remedy for
love is wisdom, for which there
is no remedy

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Give me the water
of infinite truth. And if
you can’t, I’ll drink faith

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Public opinion
is the cheapest pleasure found
in a vacuum

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Take my pity and
give me money—I am the
sage of poverty

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The mass of men lead
anxious lives, lost in the hard
fruit of the moment

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You get more nurture
from a trout than you do from
this society

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Go confidently
in the direction of your
fate! And take a dog

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Beware of all things
whose success requires God, guns
and morality

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Callimachus

December 24, 2012

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The Muses are ten,
the Graces are four, but my
one tomb I adore

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The underworld is
a lie, the resurrection
a great evil sleep

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How strange is the lot
of great books! Without deeper
reflection, they die

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I drink from every
well, though I loathe Venus more
than Pluto himself

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Nightingales claw at
the world, their bitter tears the
perfumed common dust

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The laughter of life
is brief; it shines with wine but
Death is a fair thief

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I wept for the wit
of holy poetry . . . the
sun ran with darkness

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Nietzsche

December 3, 2012

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God was Woman’s first
mistake; then Man; then Love; then
Christianity

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You have your way, I
have my way. Your way is fine
for a lunatic

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That which does not kill
me does not exist. Death is
the faith of all life

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If you gaze into
the abyss of marriage it
will destroy your soul

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Without egoism,
music would be a mistake
and art would be blind

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All things are subject
to the interpretation
of an idiot

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To live is to know
that suffering does not prove
anything at all

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Freeman Dyson

November 4, 2012

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What is the meaning
of life? To find the road that
leads to damnation

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I don’t want your wool,
I don’t want your leather . . . I
want your electrons

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I am sure of one
thing only: bewilderment
is not a problem

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We’ve been mugged by the
nonsense of the Big Bang—an
outworn theory

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Mind becomes God when
we pass beyond the scale of
cloud-crazy humor

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The arrival of
extraterrestrials will
make Jesus look small

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The global warming
Gestapo is the mother
of all slavery

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Ezra Pound

September 30, 2012

MTR

Some of the faces
in the crowd of ghosts; Wet black
branch of the petals

[via Chinese (Traditional)-Japanese-Korean-Thai-Vietnamese, Bing translator]

E.M. Cioran

September 27, 2012

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Consciousness is a
concession to the boredom
of dead sensation

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Silence: the echo
of ennui, the sudden state
of eternity

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Democracy is
an imposter, the tyrant
as mad dream poet

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Civilization
is always preferable
to the tomb of God

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Paradise is a
distant enemy—a thorn
in my suffering

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The ambition to
sleep is thwarted by the fear
of killing oneself

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To speak in the name
of others is to butcher
sweet indifference

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Jesse Helms

September 4, 2012

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The Democrats are
all wife-swapping lesbians
with socialist kids

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I’m so old-fashioned
I still believe in marriage
and cannibalism

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Conservatism is
a hard choice for people who
don’t smoke cigarettes

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It may surprise you
to know that I advocate
horsewhipping infants

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A Vietnamese
and a Latino: really,
what’s the difference?

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I tried at every
point to seek God’s wisdom, but
He was with Dan Quayle

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Homosexuals,
vodka and abortion: the
fruit of the U.N.

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