Any Mention

 

 

Any Mention:

 

Language

for when

Language Fails

 

 

 

With words you pull up the underworld.


(C.G. Jung The Red Book, LIBER SECONDUS, pg. 352.) 

 

 

 

 


any mention of coherence

and chaos comes flooding in

 

any mention of emergency

and the panic begins

 

any mention of contradiction

will be celebrated gratefully

 

 

 

any mention of sincerity

reeks of conceit

 

any mention of humility

floats like a lofty scent

upon an arrogant wind

 

 

 

any mention of irony

and

the joke falls flat

 

any mention of authenticity

is an indication

of the

limitation of imitation

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of love

and your lost in the clouds

 

any mention of hope

preludes the reign of despair

 

any mention of art

and you know that it's not

 

 

 

 

any mention of the movement

brings the movement to a halt

 

any mention of who’s to blame

and its not my fault

 

 

 

 

any mention of humor

tears of joy turn to ice

 

any mention of laughter

will never suffice

 

any mention of choice

leads to confusion

 

any mention of confusion

is rarely a choice

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of intelligence

becomes clever verbatim

 

any mention of poetry

beckons literalistic illusions

 

any mention of parody

and it’s all on you

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of generosity

begs of neglect

 

as for gratitude

please don’t mention it

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of practice

implies a tacit theory

 

any mention of theory

has practical implications

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of revolution

and the top spins off its centre

 

any mention of the centre

melts the magic in the margin

 

any mention of the margin

and the centre shifts its weight

 

any mention of using/subverting that power

and the scale explodes

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of freedom of thought

and the gold chains get heavy

 

any mention of diversity

per-fumes a mono-centric perversity

 

any mention of spontaneity

leads to prefabricated replication

 

any mention of instinctual action

and the animal retreats into hibernation

 

any mention of connectivity

encloses the isolation

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of security

and the walls come tumbling down

 

any mention of civilization

and the walls come tumbling down

 

any mention of the walls

and the walls come tumbling down

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of progress

and we are back where we started

 

any mention of coherence

and chaos comes flooding in

 

any mention of repetition

 

and

chance

comes in to

disrupt the pattern

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of old words

will be treated with respect

 

any mention of new words

will be treated with suspicion

 

(which might just be another form of respect)

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of peace

soon erupts via violent means

 

any mention of a singular truth

bespeaks countless lies

 

any mention of one god

implies many others

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of presence

foretells an absence unknown

 

any mention of an implicate order

dissolves an explicate border

 

any mention of the observer

and you become the observed

 

any mention of quantum mechanics

by anyone without a degree in physics

 

might not be entirely dismissable?

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the big bang

and my brain explodes

 

any mention of reality

is born from a fantasy

 

any mention of evidence

will therefore be taken with salty grains

 

grown in fields not yet cultivated

by geniuses unborn

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of empiricism

may or may not

 

conceal the fear of solipsism

though it never overcomes it

 

…something else is needed

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of what that is

belittles its primal urgency

 

any mention of magic

will therefore be taken seriously

 

any mention of mystery

will therefore be taken seriously

 

any mention of grace

will therefore be taken seriously

 

any mention of any other

will therefore be taken seriously

 

any mention of being serious

may not be taken quite so seriously

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of freedom of speech

and my tongue gets tied

 

any mention of hate speech

and I wax lyrical

 

any mention of the in salt

is just the pepper

being satirical

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of control

and it all falls apart

 

any mention of surrender

and it all falls apart

 

any mention of the fall

and it all falls apart

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of similarity

need not deny the difference[s]

 

any mention of the difference[s]

I leave that one up to you

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the subject

denies the object of its autonomy

 

any mention of the object

and the subject alludes your grasp

 

any mention of what happens in between

becomes poetry

 

any mention of formulating that

precedes its demise

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of correct methodology

invokes:

 

(among other possibilities)

 

a potential for transcendence

 

and/or

 

an identity crutch

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of regulating

this process en masse;

 

limits the likelihood

of the former

 

while

 

increasing the probability

of the latter

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of direct

localized embodied alliances

will therefore be warmly welcomed

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of balance

and it all topples over

 

any mention of equanimity

and it all topples over

 

any mention of embracing the extremes

and it all topples over

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the optimum

measure of health

induces virulent toxicity

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the door

and it slams in your face

 

any mention of the doer

represses a longing for grace

 

any mention of the DSM

and you become the next case

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of a good brew

and you get the worst

 

any mention of moderation

and you die of thirst

 

any mention of the third person

and you become the first

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the hero

and I run for the hills

 

any mention of romance

and I’ll stay forever

 

any mention of finance

and I’ll beg to differ

 

any mention of statistics

and I cry like an undiagnosed infirmity

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of food

slows down the fast

 

any mention of the in-crowd

you become the out cast

 

any mention of the secret

and the secret's out

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the blizzard

and you get snowed in

 

any mention of snowden

springs up before the fall

 

any mention of the fall

and it all falls apart

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the part

gets you stuck in a whole

 

any mention of the whole

and it all falls a part

 

any mention of the first step

is the same as the last

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of nominalism

induces logophobia

 

any mention of the power of the word

and it falls flatus voci

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of modernism

is lost in the post

 

any mention of contagion

and you become the host

 

any mention of the hyper

the digi

or

the auto

then

less is most

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of post-post-modernism

arrived a little too late

 

any mention of the meta-modern

and I start to oscillate

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of trust

parades the paranoia

 

any mention of family

extracts the foreign

from the famil-liar

 

any mention of following

the bee-trail of loyalty

and the honey dries up

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of speech

and my speechless kerfuffle

implodes in screaming pitches

unheard by the well spoken

 

 

 

 

 

any mention of the meaning of the poem

denies the poem of its meaning

 

 

 

 

 

wordsbleedintoeachother

 

require

one

an' other

 

dissipateinfusion

 

but choke as I do

when captured in

 

high

definition

 

 

 

 

 

the   gaps   are

ir re con cil able

 

 

 

 

 

the imaginatrix

can not be ignored

 

 

 

 

 

enough words already

 

 

 

 

it is time

 

to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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