Arthur Radio Transmission #13: CLOUDS IN THE HERMAPHRODITIC MIRROR

This week’s collage, including illustration of Alejandro Jodorowsky by Will Sweeney and photo of Ira Cohen by Gerard Malanga. Double-click for fullscreen + scroll.

Let’s take a silver train underground
to the back streets of Atlantis
thru the corrugated iron roots &
then to the peak itself, to the
saddle of the last ridge past strewn
boulders,
finally meandering thru cascading snow
wearing miner’s hats on the perpendicular
dark night &
going up to the edge of the Southern Cross
where we reach at last the pure white
glistening glaciers &
begin to chant over bones in rags
of Scorpio
Armless in the sticky substance how could
they ever have had a chance?
Permission will not be required
only poems of blood offered to
the memory of TREE
It is not ice which is eternal
but the fury of the absolute
separating the void from the spirit
of man,
uplifting like life when it is used
against itself,
that is, Radical Love — & again, we
are reduced to living beings
Caught by the instant
we are taken away
We live in the imprint of the flame
& we are helmeted within the internal
blackness
where the ray begins its passage
across the indignant sky
Vain clouds uncaring in a tangle of
crossbeams
culminate in the hermaphroditic mirror…

– Ira Cohen (taken from “Atlantis Express”)

Read more of Ira’s dome-shaking poetry here.


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Download: Arthur Radio Transmission #13 4-11-2010

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Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Josep Renau

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May 17 — JOSEP RENAU
Spanish communist, agit-prop graphic artist.

MAY 17, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Norway: Independence Day: Singing, dancing in the streets, fireworks.

ALSO ON MAY 17 IN HISTORY…
1620 — First merry-go-round introduced, Turkey.
1866 — Less-is-more composer Erik Satie born, Paris, France.
1887 — Social rebel, utopianist Lysander Spooner dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1907 — Spanish agit-prop graphic artist, communist Josep Renau born, Valencia.
1910 — Halley’s Comet makes nearest approach to Earth, terrifying millions.
1954 — Supreme Court outlaws segregation in U.S. public schools.
1968 — Napalm turned on draft files, Catonsville, Maryland.
1980 — Mt. St. Helens volcano erupts, Washington state.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective