[Yes, Miss Snake]

Yes, Miss Snake.
I was eaten by God.
Insignificant.
You just hate it.
There is no ‘me’.
Do as you’re told.
That’s big game.
The doors closed.
Go bite a pillow.
I was a tickle top.
To better myself.
It would be easy.
The brave words.
My humor is my own.
It’s an illusion.
And now you know.
The jungle wins.
What a surprise.
You were my life.
It’s not too late.
Stop resisting.
I want to be seen.
It’s there all the time, driving me out to wander the streets, following me,
silently, but I can feel it there.
Save it sunshine.
I’ve seen enough.

John Lowther, 2016

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Remixed works:
“Yes, Miss Snake.”, by Mr. I-Don’t Smile, on Wattpad
“Go bite a pillow.”, by IMUS in the Morning
“I was a tickle top.”, John Water’s A Dirty Shame, Tony the Tickler (Michael Willis)
“It’s there all the time…”, Fritz Lang’s M, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre)

O Love is a Mortal Muse of Fear

Love is a stranger
And never seen.
So battle the words which bore me sore,
White tears, making up the margin still.

Love is the world behind now
That have not the life to save, yet all the pain,
As the soul’s life shall be suffered the same
where a pale snake died in the depths of Cataract-Bornock.

O Love is a mortal Muse of fear,
That nightingales
Joy to disgrace and commend to the dead
By the boundless air wind-leafery
And a song of sharps,
Warriors, hissings, and beaked pardoning.
They sing with all the swine in hell,
And Marvos, sounding wild,
Cries Eternal.

The Combed Thunderclap, 2016

Algorithmic approach:
Machine Learning

Language model:
Traditional English Poetry

Quartelbarries

that one with the quartelbarries
he’s an archist, a rustleman
he four fat stiners shawly
gives a great shine
aye, he’s the right one for the headly bearders
that wet wipe
greatrags and fat gripes
unwipening on green fingers
snotty hands
says he’s a man of the eyes and soul
nay’s a man to the window water
house, boys and pints
a manchical is he
parcan and bangread
boisterous eaps and laugh capquested
bested by a waiting
a waiting up a professacka stirtion
pissed and coybegat
beer bested he was
that solate time
remaintearding into the night
when a will spronged him
a nightly dark with a cutch and scair
stole his stick
and a wobble of his wauntain soul
until he lay there dispaping
and the moon black house
his half moans lorged

we bounced our heels
while the ambulance screaked
and the quartelbarry squeaked

The Combed Thunderclap, 2016

Algorithmic approach:
Machine Learning

Language model:
Ulysses, by James Joyce

[I Like Beats]

I like beats.
I like to do it.
I like having the clean sheet.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

I love your words.
I love when I get lost.
I love to say fuck.
I love to be in my studio, naked, smoking and drinking alone.

I don’t think I said a word.
I was in the classic tunnel and saw the glow of light around a bend when they shut my lungs down to mess with the tumors with the radio frequency ablation.
I speak without knowing it.
How you love your precious gift.

John Lowther, 2016

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Remixed works:
“I like beats”, by Detective Orange
“I like to do it”, by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
“I like having the clean sheet”, by Amy Feldman, in Bomb Magazine
“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me”, by Noel Coward
“I love to say fuck”, by Murderdolls
“I love to be in my studio, naked, smoking and drinking alone”, by Buika, in S.F. Gate
“I speak without knowing it”, by Jacques Lacan, in On Feminine Sexuality: The Limits of Love and Knowledge

[This is Bullshit]

This is bullshit.
If you separate the pieces, you’re killing it.
Emotions that, if cut, would bleed.
But the whole thing—the cries, the blood, the agony—gave me relaxation and a certain pleasure.

I invite the reader to be patient with these seeming detours.
A philosophical system is not a dead piece of furniture that we can reject or accept as we wish; it is rather a thing animated by the soul of the person who holds it.

God, I’m trisexual.
I reject that label.
If it is, it is.

John Lowther, 2016

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Remixed works:
“If you separate the pieces, you’re killing it”, by Bob Dylan, in The Independent
“Emotions that, if cut, would bleed”, by Haruki Murakami, in The New Yorker
“But the whole thing—the cries, the blood, the agony—gave me relaxation and a certain pleasure”, by Andrei Chikatilo (serial killer), quoted at Murderous Minds
“I invite the reader to be patient with these seeming detours”, by Rosemary Hennessy, in Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism
“A philosophical system is not a dead piece of furniture that we can reject or accept as we wish; it is rather a thing animated by the soul of the person who holds it”, by JG Fichte, in The Science of Knowledge: With the First and Second Introductions
“God, I’m trisexual”, by John Waters, in The Guardian
“I reject that label”, by Peter Triolo Jr., in What the Church Forgot to Remember: The Misplaced Priorities

[Sissy is the New Sexy]

Sissy is the new sexy.
Philosophy should also be the poetry of language, the utopia of thinking.
Culturally, ass is the new pussy.
As an unsymbolizable point is approached, words or grammatical sequences become congealed, a protection against the proximity of the hole.
Ram it up your poop shoot.
The text is always an accomplice, if not a perpetrator.
Actually, every woman has a cock.
They are so very identical that they cannot be drawn apart.

John Lowther, 2016

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Remixed works:
“Sissy is the new sexy”, by blacksissykid, on Tumblr
“Philosophy should also be the poetry of language, the utopia of thinking”, by Peter Sloterdijk, in You Must Change Your Life
“Culturally, ass is the new pussy”, by Asa Akira, quoted at Salon
“Ram it up your poop shoot”, by Frank Zappa, in Broken Hearts are for Assholes
“The text is always an accomplice, if not a perpetrator”, by Matthew Mullins, in L.A. Review of Books
“Actually, every woman has a cock”, by Pussy Riot, on Facebook
“They are so very identical that they cannot be drawn apart”, by GWF Hegel, in Lectures on Logic: Berlin

[Sexiness is Overrated]

Sexiness is overrated.
I didn’t understand the rule.
It was dominated by class.
People just have to blow it up.
Ornament is no longer a crime.
We are insulted with theory.
It was a process of reduction.
This happens in several ways.
It was a logistical nightmare.
Nobody will ever eliminate the polyvocality of desire.
Identities are reified social categories from which we should emerge, not within which we should be compelled to remain.

John Lowther, 2016

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Remixed works:
“Sexiness is overrated”, by Isabel Marant, in Elle Canada
“I didn’t understand the rule”, by former baseball umpire Ron Luciano
“It was dominated by class”, by Lee Child, in Worth Dying For
“People just have to blow it up”, by Eileen Myles, in The Guardian
“Ornament is no longer a crime”, by Charlotte Rivers, in Maximalism: The
Graphic Design of Decadence & Excess
“It was a process of reduction”, by Genesis P-Orridge, in The Guardian
“This happens in several ways” by Upendra Baxi, in The Crisis of the Indian
Legal System. Alternatives in Development: Law
“It was a logistical nightmare”, in Reading Eagle
“Nobody will ever eliminate the polyvocality of desire”, by Guy
Hocquenghem, in Homosexual Desire
“Identities are reified social categories from which we should emerge, not
within which we should be compelled to remain”, by Michael
Rectenwald, in The North Star

[My Life Fades, My Vision Dims]

My life fades, my vision dims.
Said the man to the dog.
Beauty is so boring.
Assimilation turns us all into friends.
I like being a sexual fantasy.
Actually I’m a very light sweater.
The sensations derive from the idea.
At night, I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it.
And that’s not exceptional, that’s usual.

Make these your primary action items.
Put the stiletto to the metal.
A body is not just a collection of organs, but a place onto which culture inscribes itself.
I didn’t really taste the urine.

John Lowther, 2015

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Remixed works:
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, by George Miller
Wilfred (episode: Compassion)
Star Trek: First Contact
I like being a sexual fantasy (Facebook Page)
Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Social Justice, by John Stoltenberg
The Piano, by Jane Campion
The Asphalt Jungle, by John Huston
Fight Club, by David Fincher
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Please Select Your Gender, by Patricia Gherovici
Young Doctors in Love, by Garry Marshall

[You are an Epidemic]

You are an epidemic.
I replied with a smile.
Do you believe in prayer.
I thought there’d be Elvis.
If you’re Tarzan, she’s game.
Failure’s like so hot right now.
She has a very low pitched voice.
Stop hoarding weird shit on napkins.
Maybe you think this is a terrible idea.
The last refuge of the loser is to not be wrong.
Without comparison everything loses its value.
My cousin’s best friend is gay, so, I totally get it.
What makes you think I’m not interested in a good fuck.
It’s like saying “I hate you” without all the mean words.

John Lowther, 2015

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Remixed works:
All About My Mother, by Pedro Almodóvar
Being Human
Built for Show, by Nate Green
Lazz tumblr post 12.30.11
The Good Wife (episode: Net Worth)
Stuff Cis People Say To Trans People, by TransFixNorcal

[Finally I could connect my nervous system to the global economy]

Finally I could connect my nervous system to the global economy.
We were raised to believe that if we worked hard and passed all the exams, ev-
erything would be all right.
There are lots of ways to get fired and there are lots of ways to get laid off, the
distinction being that getting fired is directly about you and getting laid off
is purportedly first about your position.

Up until recently the work has mostly just been leveling the ground, etc.
Then things began to really come together around that.
Sometimes doing nothing is the most violent thing to do.

 

from 555 by John Lowther, 2015

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Remixed works:
Sleep Dealer (2008) dir. Alex Rivera
Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent, by Laurie Penny
“How to get laid off”, by Lance A. Glasser
From Shame to Love: The Politics of Hamlet. Interview with Simon Critchley.
Violence: Six Sideways Reflections, by Slavoj Žižek