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THEORY BEYOND THE CODES



theater of cruelty



Barbara Mor


theater of cruelty
artaud wants people to visit theater as they visit surgeons or a dentist.
Artaud challenges earth to speed up. To manifest in her physiology the
mental agony of the human mind achieved thru generations of suffering
her slow impersonal processes.
Earth is Theater of Cruelty.  She is conscious of this. She begins to
perform herself as cosmic actor  a progenitor of all Art.

I no longer know how to speak. Rimbaud.   Fear is poetry. Artaud.

1. all matter originates in the explosion of a passion, that condensed
    from night, then is driven to return.

    the mind pulls back, to see as gods, the viscous thought span
    pulling, unconsciousness.  pain.

    and the will to contemplate this.  to evolve backwards, or silence.
    distance the mind as its body becomes, as its black line of food.
    its poet.  material.   as it, death, consumes.
    texts of the great tragedians,  who were dinosaurs.
 
    earth imagined this,  us.  because i have tried to imagine myself
    as the earth.

2. for i do not believe writing any more.  or do i believe my sincere 
    face in this mirror, which is cracked. or this fingernail, the ship
    of white protein death.  shoved up the oceans of gods anus, a
    fathomless  request.   

    the thin line of shit excreting from a pen that flows continuously
    from the invention of history by elemental executors excretors,
    shitters of some idea of god who are cannibal masturbators laying
    some starving  road thru my moist flesh.

    for the men need succoring. they say. women must stop our work
    of change of poetry and succor them. hurt boys, needing this mother.
    hurt by their mamas, no. it was the bad father. because a bad big
    progenitors fucked them in the ass, women must become a sponge
    mop up such pain. the fathers did it, we must clean it up.  and then
    our daughters, buggered by the poor sons in therapeutic retaliation
    for crimes of the fathers.  mop that up, the rapes and abuses of
    daughters.  what are mothers for.  and then save the animals. 

    for we begin beautiful and are made corpses.  luminous, end in
    ash.    do not applaud criminal tides  as you drown

3. inside this dump: is it a   house or a mind. public toilet, pissoir as
    theater.  we are all common here, as heroes of time.

    they are tyrants.  the best of them are beautiful tyrants.  how they
    enjoy a feel of power, twist and line of sexual muscle against the
    sun which is inside them, or the intolerable shine of night as they
    bring the rock down on your head or go for the throat.

    Behind them huge torsos.  Cities of things.
I last saw the moon.  she held a gun.

              _____________________________
1. for i do not believe in writing any more.  how can.  or: I do  not
    believe writers  thats  it. dont blame the victim. something got
    assassinated   last nite last saw the moon it had a gun  dont shoot
    dont shoot sd Marinetti  since then  silence as the rubble of a big
    war  poetry is not supposed to speak be able to allowed to   Speak
    did it ever utter except out of slaughter   you no longer matter
    shut up
2. i think i was burning in fire  the renaissance of writers did not care
    especially or the glorious god painters  on the popes skull over the
    pious kings forehead and all across the floor the walls on fire too
    w/glorious images of god on fire  not me, the other guy  sd
    melting girlwarriors  all past memory  my witch ass my bonyass
    Time

    I think i was burning in fire one day   and no one wrote it down.
    this is my problem.
3. this is my problem
    as if fingers of devotional candlewax  cannot hold a pen. one has
    a creative meltdown. you understand             (a rage for revenge
    unquenched, it was hot in there        poets  ) 

4. there was poetry after theInquisition  and during theInquisition
    enduring theInquisition   i think witches rhymed around a cauldron
    famously  for him,much applause. and before and after and all around
    nothing stopped it  who would stop it             life goes on
    All around before after so as the flames enter yr mouth and yr cunt
    and whatever else  who wants to swallow the fie  ofInspiration
    who would stop it   Poetry              only someone with something
    in his hand, something instrumental in his hand
                    covert   sly  puritist   aPlato or a priest or somebodys
face in a cruel theatrical mirror          i think it matches      i think
its matches    

5. did i tell you the one about
    the electrified Elephant.  demonstration of power    ,sd Edison  and
    indeed we all love appreciate the current thrill o it is a rush thru
    the brain of Being  this original power  the powerCompany he sd  it
    will be as a Church of a newGod    and i swear it is.     no joke
    and i sit before it here fat melting i sweat with memory
    Awesome     the agony of unknowing why         piteous poetry of
    the poor beast    

    let me compose a poem commemorating commendating with tears
    or words somehow adorning adornoing        the poor mute beast

6. a slaughter of innocents in the bible  the slaughter of Innocence
    as in all great Books  as mutterings of the world.  as bloody
    mutings of a world.   followed by great gouts of poetry
    luckily an evidential spatter on the walls  this is literature  in
    shakespeares language of course  the god sells  it sells
    itself  assassin assassinated.  and in multiple translations the poor
    man executed for blasphemy  glorious glorious  he lost his
    head   or was it by fire   in somebodys language of course
    our kingdom for great poetry.   who sells atrocity  it is thereby
    in Literature not exactly the first pain   or original.
                                                                           what is original but
    night murdering all its stars in an act of entropy  the universe
    could avoid after all it made itself.   a fact of theatrical magic. this
    is some squabble between the stagemanager and the stars.  we
    made you the Stars say  enough!  explosion  expansion  old age
    death    you go too far for spectacle     and then it goes dark
    this is a holocaust of nondisposable things

    as such.  what they all say.   and then it goes dark

7. aVoid this  as the buddha said   All is suffering.   the other guy
   says  as the world turns  (and the worm and yr casual brain
   hooked as a glimpse of some nude woman standing on a corner in
   a dark night she is nondisposable   to yr fantasm.  she is illusion
   of poetry      or its the killer moon                                              
                                                                she has a gun  

             ______________________________ 
1. mr adorno might observe:   this elementary  momentous group
    as children in a cafeteria they could be 4 old people playing cards
    negotiating on a battlefield  actors dressed up foolishly in
    imitation(invention) of the gods
                   .or very important business whatever it deserves.   yr    
    applause                 .the unfortune is she must be arrested in Time
    for attempted murder   of yr stuffed dreams
2. stiffed dreams, sd Rimbaud   i no longer know how to speak
                                                         3. but it was glorious

             ______________________________
1. artaud is eating a shitsandwich in the empty auditorium of the
    solar system.  his earth is not the sole system of manichean
    operations in the universe  he speculates.  he suffers
2. you are so strange  estranged in an atmosphere  our exhalations
    make us what we are  Artaud sucks in the air (in the air of
    a planet as   if) it strangles him   .this can happen at birth or
    he likes to wear his umbilicus like a businessmans tie cravat of the
    poet the hangmans noose     we are all in Time for the first
    breath              the electrified elephant i believe was female,she
    did nothing criminal except protest being treated like an animal     
    .   just a man among men, that is        she sucked in the air and
    became radiant.        we all want to be treated as advertised  thats
    how they light the match to save the soul to throw the switch to
    switch to  change theUniverse for you.    take it up w/the Power
    Co if you feel burnt    mr artaud     on fire shining exploding
    in the void auditorium of the hotplexus system How you became a
    stellar Poet.  or in the asylum at least they read yr shit heArchived
    yr doodoo like a fond mother    seizured, all of you   .the
    sufferings of the Beast are exemplary

3. in the real world i hunted BigGame thats how i conquered my fear
    of Business   sd Rimbaud   .i am just a boy  no longer knows how 
    to speak                                                         Poetry is honest
                   when it walks away joins the circus rides around the   
    solarsystem doing tricks  on the enormous lumbering hallucinated
    back of the  sentient Light
4. to pay the electric bill
    she was my mother

5. artaud spits     this is how the world thinks.  a nauseous blob of
    poetry on the street is    foul to begin with,&at the end  life
    should all be a Moment of silence           for the muted.
    a woman spreads her legs and howls   i make my daughters
    chaste  as an anus or a priests lifted chalice  here i am being
    sarcastic of course or even dangerous   a dog lifts its leg and that
    too is an opinion   or Poetry uttered after an apocalypse
                                                 dont tell me the dog is crude
    dont tell me he is not god           backwards     
    dont tell me she is not a bitch who howls
6. he suffers he speculates.  we expectorate the stars.  as some
    mucus of our being necessary but not.    sufficient   for what for
    what   i would like to think something greater than the greater 
    glory of yr souls   ,artaud spits.        a poem glorifies the sidewalk,
    expressing some disease  the dis/ease of needing to spit   just like
    that.   ubiquitous    is it a statement of conviction? (as in prison  or
    a political intention   or love yr fellow,man for we are all
    spitters             )the sputum &the glory.        horrifies  Poetry is
    disgust         and you can spread it on yr sandwich also
    think about that among the cruel stars  Artaud
                                                                                      .ubiquitous     

7. something glorifies the agonies of inherent Mind   i am yr ass
    /thoughtless every day yr brain strides over me doing honest
    work.   thePope shits the rabbi the prisoner the whore spit into
    like a toilet then she comes to wipe the toilet for some food   you 
    dont have my respect                   come,shit on me  comrade   
    a poem glorifies the sidewalk  as spunk,as junk as  squat and
    write yr name in black thick ink  the signature is not theThing it
    is the release the relief in the bowels of  god
    to sign off on another day    of eating the world
    (like my naked torso wrapped up in 2 warm thighs of bread  )
                                                                                .asTime sd

    (no child born after Death enters the world no Goya after pain is
    introduced to the Mind     no thought,shut up, this is what they all
    say to the girls spread legs after a big fuck
8. getting back to woman     she stains the sidewalk  as a window
    comes to the light &spits out many colors  you never
    imagined   aCathedral

             _______________________________
1. time      2. plenitude   3.i just love words i dont believe them i
    am not an institution
                                            Artaud skewered up foetal waiting to
    be born  his (k)nots of constipation Artaud he checked his watch
    sniffed shit cooking in the cafeteria kitchen    )time  ,he sd
    reach in w/yr clawed hands and dig me out
    of here,there  everywhere they called it,her confinement to this
    mass stew
4. between me&you  Poetry is an afterBirth  who can write Poetry
    after birth  by Nature,this is what it means   go find another
    Universe to bitch in    as priests do--.called religion
    women and other animals eat the afterbirth it makes us strong
4. leave me alone

             ______________________________
1. i have a memory like an elephant
i went to Mexico in search of Hitler  or any god w/out a priest
Topsy her name wuz chained inLunaPark  she took out 3men
    sometoughbitch  he shoved a lit cigareet up her nose  you dont do
    that a 2timekiller  nothing left to lose  fell down slomo crasht
    'without a trumpet or a groan'                  like it quiet that way
i watch you jerk off electricity goes in one end out the other      
2. you are alone  a million a multitude an orgasmd cosmos of it
wont keep you company  .i will not lick yr sad wounds they will
be published eventually           i am dyiing dying but it is not
fire anymore  a cold blue passion  of bones,remains  i see the
rubble as museums museinations  (mushrooms grow there  they
see God,people      yr mutual Hunger yr cannibalOther       o   
this is better than technicolor   fuck me eat me          ) descend  
thru levels of bad actor mannequins fuckd dolls splayed &
stacked backstage .the play is departed this is department human
department stored madly suddenly  as if a cataclysm  who
made the neutron bomb                      not a bad design  
               / rimbaud rode an Elephant into the void    /         
i will this to be True

3. there goes the oldWitchflesh  melting melting  the 800lb   
Elephant in the room  a fathomless ocean of pain behind her
whaley eyes  windows into the soul of melting glaciers or her  
thoughts being buggered denied by centuries   .who wouldnt
stand there and hurt   hurt BigTime
                                    and if she had fingers like you,a high
technology of rebuttal   vaster than boots on her massive feet
or.   perhaps a 20th c. trunk finessed for suchPoetry
4. she can do it   light the match herself  throw the switch  no
my fingers itch ill do it for her
 adornoartaud or any bitch burning w/conviction  noPoetry
 after  hiroshima no poetry after leviticus no poetry after God
 all is atrocity absorbable nonabsorbable depending on whose
 ass is fried    the numbers climb to theMoon (i think Artaud
 jerked off his long orgasm spasm hes 200million jismshot
 rockets landed on her dark side   you see it doesnt matter(how
 much)in the end if it all rhymes or the margins     are
justified                    you wont return      poems areAlone
      / no suffering certifiable after poetry Rimbaud says    /

descend ofMan:
      its some hypnotic elevator down levels of Power & freight
.splattered brains on the walls of weeping hospitals zoos brothels
thePopes toilette stories of sedimental drygoods of trueRomance
&relatedcrime  every body have a good time  moldy documents
kitchen sinks Eat yr mutual eprics in our luxurious ballsroom&
assorted piousArt  o the contemporary melodrama  o panemEt
circensus  o serious serial pursuit of justice as yr cuntyHystery
can dish it out can he eat it  .what they all say falling thru space
         i built this damn elevator!  blame the elevator!   two!
late!           it wasnt an elevator                                      .fatal    
  museos visitable on the way down to the basement where the
  bone machines are parked  ashy unloved now  some cold
  stink of yr history in the enormous dead garbagetrucksConcrete
  cylinders as monumental thighs holding up the stolid edifice&
there she is    shes lost weight  no longer gray a redhead maybe
got a clever hand      . i dont fit description but one will dream
it is tv now a figure in a trenchcoat cocked a sexy hat a hate
         icecocked in her fist   skinny and metal   
it has a gun.   w/a silencer
                                                                    this is poetry        


                                                              1990/2012

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Barbara Mor is author of The First God, retitled & printed by HarperCollins as The Great Cosmic Mother (1987, 1991). Her recent book The Blue Rental (Oliver Open Press April 2010) contains 7 pieces first published on CTheory (8/4/05; 12/15/05; 4/12/06; 4/3/08; 12/3/08; 10/20/09; 9/30/10). A recent text, .theInquisitor, appeared on CTheory 2/28/12. When NYC & hurricaned environs get reliably replugged-in, a new Oliver website, http://www.bluddlefilth.net will contain previous Mor work from out-of-print journals, current online sites; & work by Adam Engel, its Editor; plus writers from everywhere if they survive the bluddlefilthy field of battle.

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