Monday, April 12, 2021

THE SOUTH: Tampa

Blaise Cendrars


 

 

 

  

 

 

Le train vient de faire halte

Deux voyageurs seulement descendent par cette
   matinée
 
brûlante de fin d’été
Tous deux sont vêtus de complets couleur kaki et 
    coiffés
 
de casques de liège
Tous deux sont suivis d’un domestique noir chargé de
 
porter leurs valises
Tous deux jettent le même regard distrait sur les 
    maisons
 
trop blanches de la ville sur le ciel trop bleu
On voit le vent soulever des tourbillons de poussière et
 
les mouches tourmenter les deux mulets de l’unique
 
fiacre
Le cocher dort la bouche ouverte
 
---------------------------
 
The train has just come to a stop
 
Only two travelers get off this
   scorching 
 
end-of-summer morning
Both are dressed in khaki-colored suits and
    capped
 
in pith helmets
Both are followed by a black servant charged with
 
carrying their bags
Both cast the same distracted look at the
    too-white
 
houses of the city at the too-blue sky
One sees the wind kicking up dust devils and
 
flies tormenting the two mules of the only
 
cab
The coachman sleeps, his mouth open 


from 
Kodak, 1924.  My translation.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Alfred Starr Hamilton
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To sting a centipede around
A pineapple bend, on a peach - - truth is
Studied on the breast - - abysmally 

A picture of a tramp is being excruciated
Betwixt a splintered park bent bench

And truthfully
And in Africa 
A pink pygmy 
Sits stupidly on a bamboo spear
In the hark wide open jungle
 
 
from 
The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton, The Jargon Society, 1970


Friday, March 5, 2021

Oops?

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year was held Feb. 25-28 in Orlando, Florida.  Social Media users quickly noted that the unusual stage design for the event is essentially the "Odal Rune":  

Quoth Wikipedia:

"This symbol was adopted in Nazi Germany as the badge of the SS Race and Settlement Main Office, responsible for maintaining the racial purity of the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS), as well as by the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen, the 23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland, and many neo-Nazi groups worldwide...The symbol was later used by American white supremacists.

....DC-area design firm Design Foundry took responsibility for the staging design, saying that they "had no idea that the design resembled any symbol, nor was there any intention to create something that did." Design Foundry had proposed several stage designs to repeat client ACU, based on the "best use of space", and ACU decided which one to use. Ian Walters of ACU said they would no longer use Design Foundry for their events." 

Pure coincidence?  Intentionally used a wink and a dog-whistle to Trump's more radical supporters?  Intentionally used by the designer in order to make a statement about Trump's racist rhetoric?   

At the very least, it would seem synchronicity is making a comment about the direction the alt-right has been heading under Trump's "leadership".

It's not the first time.  We discussed back in 2015 how a Trump campaign ad included an image of WW2 re-enactors dressed as German soldiers.  Then in 2020 a re-election campaign ad used an inverted red triangle to illustrate an attack on Antifa and other "far-left" groups.  The ad was removed after it was noted the exact same symbol was used by the Nazis in the 1930s to identify Communists, Social Democrats, liberals, Freemasons and members of other opposition parties.  

At the time, one historian noted "It’s hard to imagine it’s done on purpose [not that hard, apparently], because I’m not sure if the vast majority of Americans know or understand the sign, but it’s very, very careless, to say the least."

Or do Trump and co. know exactly what they're doing?  On would suppose those who carried Confederate, Kekistan, and other far-right flags among the mob which attacked Congress on January 6 wouldn't disapprove....

Saturday, October 3, 2020

The cold is rising

I've long been a fan of poet Alfred Starr Hamilton, and years back had a web page or two dedicated to him. Those pages have since been transferred to this here blog. So, it is with some surprise I see on the tubes a Band Camp page for the Bye Bye Blackbirds with a song called....Alfred Starr Hamilton. Why? I dunno. Not sure how the lyrics jibe with the man, but hell, why not link to it here for the sake of completism. 

 Alfred Starr Hamilton by Bye Bye Blackbirds. 

Time's a rag doll
With something bright and cold in its chest
Words can strip bark and seep between the buttons of your vest
The cold is rising
Is someone here to tell me it's fine?
So fine
Smoking by the window
Fine
Freezing in the winter

All right, I'll be listening, I'll be listening, baby
All right, right now

You know I love you
Unravelling and troubling the signs
With words that stand still and brighten in the corners of your eyes
So come inside, dear
Where everyone will tell us it's fine
So fine
Smoking by the window
Fine
Freezing in the winter