The Myth of America

In the starry dream

The lonely bald eagle soars in

Early dawn far above the earth

In the realm of awakening light


Apollo Whoescapes the

Barren Island of Delos

Taking flight for the

Celestial city in the sky


Purple mountains bleed

Upon amber waves of grain

The blood feeds the people

In their manifest destiny


The eagle watches all –

It hears every sound

As it hovers over the

Sheep of the valley


Watches them –

Keeps them safe

From the wolves

On the prowl


Apollo shoots his

Prey from a distance

The predator dances upon

The fatal tension of his bow


The sheep of the valley also

Feel the stings of arrows,

The clawing talons of

The jealous, ravenous eagle


For the eagle is a bird of prey

Who attacks your enemy

Only to have your curly

Flesh all to itself


Apollo seeks order, what

He calls ‘beauty’ in the

Repetition of his own denial

Of the playspace of the earth


The sheep, some now turned to goats,

Resist the voracious hunger of the

Eagle, seek to repel the interests

Of Apollo by turning themselves ugly


Apollo lusts after the sacrifice

Of the goat and his terrible song

Casts his light and his medicines

Upon the darkness of the dream


The eagle swoops down as

Lightening upon the goat and

Sheep alike, to kill one and to

Utterly devour the other


The goats prod the sheep to

Conjure the depths of community –

Awaken the remembrance of Dionysus

In the dismemberment of Apollo


the resistance exists and everyone knows it exists

The resistance exists
and everyone knows it exists

To negotiate a new social contract
in a deeply traumatised and fractured society
within less than seven months is hard enough
to do so in a third that time is
virtually impossible, the report said.
An Israeli aircraft has fired three missiles
at Palestinian resistance fighters
in the Gaza Strip without causing any casualties
Witnesses said three fighters from the
Islamic group Hamas fled as the missiles struck
No one was hurt.
A rocket and mortar barrage by fighters
hours later killed two Palestinian farmers
and a Chinese labourer working
at a Jewish settlement in Gaza
Iraqi soldiers taken captive

Wednesday 08 June 2005, 23:01 Makka Time, 20:01 GMT

US-led forces are yet to restore order in Iraq

Iraqi Sunnis seek more representation
Iraqi officials killed
US not safer after Iraq war, poll says

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Winter in America

We begin where we are, in early winter.

We have come very far since Ginsberg announced the Fall of America.

As is, It has not fallen – or, at least that America of the current brand illusion has not yet fallen.

We can read Ginsberg as indicating the end of summer, if there ever was one.

We still even await this rite of spring – perhaps we have wasted the dawn.

The fall, in the case of America, is the beginning of retreat and implosion.

It reminds one of an end of every order of things.

In the case of America, the early winter forces us to recollect the trauma of its birth and sustenance, and the lack thereof, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The American experiment failed as it could never realize its democratic potential – it remained res publica – killed by the autonomous logics of representation which danced upon the waves of a violence-based ownership (Gewalteigenthum).

America could never trust itself as it was afflicted with the trauma of its origin – a trauma which underwent recurrent repetition in the trauma of its logistical operation.

America was possessed by a Lady Macbeth Complex in which it sought, sleepwalking, to wash away the blood on its hands – “Out damned spot!” – it failed in its compensating strategy as it used new blood to wash off old blood.

America’s obsession with its own guilt translated in real terms into a compulsion to act, to build – to bury – its frenetic production and consumption of gunpowder and soap – a psychosis of exclusion and purification (perfection).

In more contemporary terms, this compulsion for cleanliness has translated into a panoptic surveillance of the territory and personnel of “America”, i.e., “Patriot” Act.

As with the Nazis, “America” seeks, as a repetition of the trauma, to expunge, excrete from itself that which is non-American – a term defined tentatively from the “origin”.

Explains why so many Asian and Middle Eastern peoples are fleeing to the Canadian border to escape the surveillance and incarceration of American Justice.

This fixation upon cleanliness and hygiene in this way may also reflect the white supremacist character of e pluribus unum, once again, a repetition of its trauma.

Then again, e pluirbus unum was replaced by In God We Trust in the 20th Century.

And they dare to call it a godless century!  Shame on you Nietzsche!

We are confronted by a situation in which, against all counsel, “America” has become an Empire.

Yet, it is clear that the announcement, the naming of an event, is also the sign and oration of its demise.

Indeed, this demise is a second death as one imago, ideal is replaced by another.


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