My sun soaked skin // If the Gods are fair then I am fucked

"The abiding American myth of the self-made man comes attached to another article of faith - an insistence, even - that every self-made man can sustain whatever self he has managed to make. A man divided - thwarting or interrupting his own mechanisms of survival - fails to sustain this myth, disrupts out belief in the absolute efficacy of willpower, and in this failure also forfeits his right to our sympathy. Or so the logic goes."

Leslie Jamison, ‘Devil’s Bait’

"It is clear that the promotion of the ego today culminates in, in conformity with the utilitarian conception of man that reinforces it, in an ever more advanced realization of man as individual, that is to say, in an isolation of the soul ever more akin to its original dereliction"

Jacques Lacan

/\/\/\ ARCTIC ULULATION /\/\/\

"Contemporary psychoanalysis, responding to what appears on the couch, is witness less to the struggles with paternal law that Freud tracked in his confrontation with the neuroses (Oedipus) than to complaints about lacks of love, meaning, and self-orientation, as Kristeva frequently avers. These are the sufferings of a “borderline” subjectivity, that is to say, of a subject sent to and abandoned at its borders, at the limit of the ties between the individual and society. The borderline subject shows up where a society does not accompany the subject to those limits, which are also the society’s own limits"

from ‘Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis and Modernity’ by Sara Beardsworth

your sentence fragments

like cirrus smashing into atoms by violent sunshine

cushion my slow motion

vertiginous descent into

suburban susurrus

a sense of youth

a cure

for another cursed season

"But, as the poet has well said, “Remorseless toil conquers all.”"

Petrarch http://history.hanover.edu/texts/petrarch/pet17.html

Surrealist map of the world, 1929

Surrealist map of the world, 1929

IT IS A FAR GREATER PLEASURE TO REPAY AN INJUSTICE WITH A KINDNESS RATHER THAN AN EVIL WITH AN EVIL

"…the idea that an unfavourable influence exerted upon a man’s personal life by the times in which he lives may even extend to his physical organism."

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain