Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Speak Out Against the Madness

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4 comments:

troylloyd said...

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i began doing my asemic glue drawings by odd chance that i was feeling kinda low & decided to write prayers by using pigmented glue on paper, so they weren't asemic at all, they had intimate meanings to me, i wrote out the prayers & then folded the paper rorschach style, thus obliterating most trace of any legible written prayer, but the folding & likewise obscuration of words actually activated the prayer & sent it where it needed to go, a threefold physical act: the drawing, the folding, the releasing.

however, things are not always so pleasant, i've been downright scared from some of the "glusyms", as i call them, but amazingly it was another positive byproduct of an engaged approach : the glue was trapping demons & those fuckers couldn't get out once they were trapped -- when i encounter such things, they are immediately recognizable upon the unfolding & send quick shivers of fear, because they are really there, even if i know they're trapped, it's a piercing rage trying to escape...but they cannot escape the glue.

in this regard, i am highly empathetic to the work of Frank Jones , there's barely any of his stuff online, but here's a good example , these kind of operations , done in many different forms by many different cultures, can either be highly personal or socially constructed, i think such things can be appreciated outside of any sacred context, purely in the manner of art, but i think most everybody should develop some kind of system to purge the relentless ugly spirits who ain't nothin' but doubledown dragsville...

Stephen Nelson said...

Yea, these things are real and scary. And ritual cleansing all part of the healing process, whether in a religious context or yea, the undoubted power of art - the image, the word, the sound - to dispel the demons. Whenever Christ cast out a demon or healed a blind man he spoke to the Father and carried out some quirky little thing like spitting in mud and wiping the mud in someone's ear or eye - personal sculture. Shamans too have their drums and trinkets, their chants and songs. Your glue prayers are beautiful. Someone once told me that suffering has its own peculiar beauty. Hard to stomach but poignant too.

I wrote my first ever series of concrete, visual, minimalist poems, 52 in all, when I was going through a real spell of spirit evil. (Some of them I collected in a chapbook, btw, which I've been meaning to send you if you email me your address).

Two words -

timetimetimetime

faith
faith
faith
faith


I look for a gracious Presence, can't always find it, but faith keeps me hoping it's there and time usually takes me to it (or brings it to me).

Those Lax poems you posted and other repeated minimalisms are so powerful cos they work like mantra. They still the mind and filter spirit, good spirit, Holy Spirit - and that's how I pray a lot, one word, two words, a phrase repeated to the Father, the Son, the accompanying Grace.

There's another word -

gr a ce

and

sp a ce

in

gr a ce


I love the Frank Jones story. Very interested in visionary art. Who can really say how the psyche unfurls and unfolds or contorts and contracts? I believe in inner demons, I believe in outer demons. I wonder if pain can't be healed but by a relational gracious Presence. I get there via the Cross. Last week I felt hung out there myself. I felt "I" didn't even exist. I take refuge in folk art, outsider religions, space travel.

Let's banish the ugly spirits. God but true light is true light. That's why the light you use to illumine word and image is so powerful and inspirational. I missed you in the month or so of your glusyms.

Sometime I feel like speaking German, even tho I don't know German. I once used "licht blau" as a prayer. Folk traditions are so important too. America is rich in this regard. Have you tried speaking in tongues? A release of sound. Have you listened to Albert Ayler? He took me out of the glusyms of ma dad's death.

Man, I'm rabbitin on. Send me your addie mate. I'll cook a book fur ye.

troylloyd said...

right on Stephen, i enjoyed reading your indepth response, many good points made & many beams gleamed inner me headbone.

my papa on my momma's side was a preacher in the Church of God , they feel the spirit & speak in tongues & get all riled up w/ whoopin' & hollerin' -- back in them days they had them big cast iron potbellie woodburning stoves & when he'd feel the spirit in him he'd go hug the hot burning stove & never get burnt, i've never witnessed it, but my momma told me so.

yeah, Albert Ayler is a great man.

i love freejazz of all kinds, that & Indian raga music are my special prescriptions for equilibrium.

have you heard David S. Ware ?

he's got good voice as well, i saw him play live once & i tellya it was a moving experience to feel that power, one of my favorite records by him i listen to alot is Godspelized & witha quick look i found Godspelized here available for download, it was just put up june 7 so hopefully it's still downloadable, many of these music downloading blogs only offer recordings for a limited time, so, if you can, i highly recommend it as it is truly a powerful album ...

gr a ce

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sp a ce

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gr a ce

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gr a ce

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i'll shootya outta emaily.

Stephen Nelson said...

Gonna get on to that David S. Ware thing the morn. Been a long hot summer's day here. Your papa sounds a bundle o fun. Sure beats the hell outta hellfire.