Tuesday, April 05, 2005

21C. + Eshun + Méndez Rubio + MLK Jr. Speech

Hoje muito breve: check out 21c., the new web journal edited by Paul D. Miller, a/k/a "DJ Spooky, the Subliminal Kid" a/k/a Christian Marclay and others, including afrofuturecybersonic theorist Kodwo Eshun. Some tight stuff there, including articles, films and textcerpts.

More of Eshun's work, including a live recording, is available online at the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit's online site, under its "swarms," cyberhizome issues that have taken to the air(waves). Other good stuff there includes ccru on the "body of Foucault," Iain Hamilton Grant reading Guattari on Legba ("Burning AutoPoiOedipus"), and a writeup of Daniel Charles Barker's explorations, including his work on "geotraumatics."

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Today's poem is by Spanish poet, critic and scholar Antonio Méndez Rubio, from his 2005 collection Por más señas, which draws upon and quotes such diverse sources as Roque Dalton, Paul Celan, Samuel Beckett, Alejandra Pizarnik, and Grandmaster Flash.


"Is your love in vain?"
Bob Dylan

Nadie se atrevería a explicar
por qué la tierra rechina en la boca.

Nadie se atrevería a decir
adiós, a probar en el aire
la claridad abriéndose del aire.

Nadie se atrevería a afirmar:
"Tu tramo de calor en la garganta
por la senda nocturna,
tu ceguera de amor

para nadie

es en vano".

Copyright (c) 2005, by Antonio Méndez Rubio.
From Por más señas (Barcelona: DVD ediciones, 2005).
All rights reserved.


"Is your love in vain?"
Bob Dylan

No one would dare explain
why the earth squeaks in the mouth.

No one would dare say
goodbye, test clarity
unfolding in the air from the air.

No one would dare affirm:
"Your warm stretch of throat
along the nocturnal footpath,
your blindness of love

for anyone

is in vain."

Translation copyright (c) 2005, by John Keene.
Any suggestions are welcome!

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In an e-mail today Blackkat reminded me and others that yesterday was the 37th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. 38 years ago he delivered the following address at Riverside Church in New York City. It's as fitting today as it would have been then.

A Revolution of Values

Martin Luther King Jr.
King at March
Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world...

Yet it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities.

If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.

This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers around the world wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? That the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours.

Source: Address at Riverside Church, New York, NY, April 4, 1967

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