EARTH ‘A RUN RED: Impressionistic notes on Pierre Guyotat’s ‘Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers’

“The world is about to end. Its sole reason
for continuance is that it exists, And how
feeble is this reason, compared with those
that announce the contrary…”
— Charles Baudelaire

Most books demand solitude, this one screams for solitude, for you to take yourself away from any still pulsing, breathing encumbrance; so as to exist, in single file, as a witness to the death of humanity across turned pages.

No more than one witness at a time is necessary, efficacious.

Otherwise there’ll be a lack of continuation, propagation.

Like Marx, this book is an anti-aphrodisiac – a stark reminder that all was, in fact, has been, lost.

Not least paradise, space, place, corridors of even a bureaucratic beauty.

Converted too late, we defend symbols to then be symbolised.

Start again. The post-human rings out in its own absence.

The overman, or something more abstractly sexed, is here to be built-up from the miniscule moments of bleak poetic relief:

“dust runs in the folds of the curtains”

“a pink cloud passess in the frozen lake”

“a flock of cranes flees towards the border; the sun irradiates the radio antenna”

The edge extended turns into a ledge.

A membrane defended, a de-cathexis. [Read more →]

Cut-Up-Marx Six

Opposition
realities
of living labour
in the womb
are placed
And likewise
the world
of capital
returns to
its own
non-being

(p.107)

Cut-Up-Marx Five

Slaughter is always
value
The standard
same price
in which case
this sacrifice
of the hour
does not
even one hour
by means
yield
his own work
of sacrifice

(p.136)

Cut-Up-Marx Four

Process
altered basis
altered means
That is
is itself
in the first case
for example
agents of social production
oppose the worker
as a hostile power
after
wage-labour for
no special sagacity
they are

(p.161)

Cut-Up-Marx Three

Of production
Are themselves
And capital

(p.163)

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