In the city, in demiurge,
passions become production’s manifest
archive. To flip through electronic files
filled with everything that makes
in time of peace as in times of.
This is the whole of both control
and accident, the occidental
where the sun sets
and archives itself as
Occidental Life Insurance Company
or (for other uses) Occidental Petroleum.
Imagine, the event of the polis formed from
open oceans. It begins with naval routes
and other grids that make motion,
the metropole’s predicate
and prediction. The picture of a vehicular
swarm. Dromos: race course.
The glacis. Glass partitions
hinting at sight and dust,
I suburb abstract triangles
into dust and other accumulations.
I signal the enclosure of population.
Given this, the universe becomes redistributed,
becomes loathe and artifice and fissure,
the code by which everyday comestibles
become artifact. Touch the highway’s
erogenous zones –
feel their heat. Brand it as passion
or the impulse to crash.
By now we are speeding through
to the death drive’s
afterlife – unconscious ringing
after one has gone to sleep.
Dronology (sleep). Nike
(Just Do It). The somnambulist
forgetting his shoes again.
is like a ping
that follows you down the street.
I remember palimpsests
and other GUI’s,
and in this am made secure.
I become hasp
recalling our transfers,
slotted hinged metal plate
secured by a pin. I have dashes
and try to be accessible, pre-format
our immediate contact.
Some parts may still require assemblage.
Heaven’s assembly: a post-Fordist utopia
of and for objects.
Cars can be redesigned
like athletic shoes or military vehicles.
Heaven’s bunker: an enclosed fortress
of pure logistics, pure war,
both binding and fissure.
is heaven’s bunker.
The image of advertising strategists
pouring over the works of Guy Debord.
passing the street
in ether passing. The masses
are the multitude of passerby
meeting the burning wind
a pack of dogs
The distance between commerce
The distance within stratagems
petals on a wet black
stockades and impregnable fortresses.
JULIA MADSEN is a multimedia poet, teacher, and tutor. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and is currently a doctoral student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Blue collar born and raised, she is currently thinking about technology and the working class. She has shown video poetry at Outlet Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and her video work has been featured in VICE. Her poems and multimedia work have also appeared or are forthcoming in Flag+Void, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Deluge, Dreginald, Small Po[r]tions, Tagvverk, Black Warrior Review, Devil’s Lake, Versal, Cutbank, Alice Blue Review, Cartridge Lit, TL;DR Magazine, PoetrySeen and elsewhere.