The Daily Poetry Movement
This peice is called Poetic Terrorism. I found it on www.spunk.org Just search "poetry" and you will find a ton of jems. This is great because it is activist poetry which suggest things to add to the great works of the poetry movement. So even though, this is a poem, is not a poem, are lose interpretations of words, could become slogans, maybe should be whispered to each other as we hold hands and look at the star airplanes, the last vestige of art that blows open our cosmos, the surprise that a sentence may end with a period,so, it is written.
WEIRD DANCING IN ALL-NIGHT computer-banking lobbies.
Unauthorized pyrotechnic displays. Land-art, earth-works as
bizarre alien artifacts strewn in State Parks. Burglarize
houses but instead of stealing, leave Poetic-Terrorist
objects. Kidnap someone & make them happy.
Pick someone at random & convince them they're the heir to
an enormous, useless & amazing fortune--say 5000 square
miles of Antarctica, or an aging circus elephant, or an
orphanage in Bombay, or a collection of alchemical mss.
Later they will come to realize that for a few moments they
believed in something extraordinary, & will perhaps be
driven as a result to seek out some more intense mode of
Bolt up brass commemorative plaques in places (public or
private) where you have experienced a revelation or had a
particularly fulfilling sexual experience, etc.
Go naked for a sign.
Organize a strike in your school or workplace on the grounds
that it does not satisfy your need for indolence & spiritual
Grafitti-art loaned some grace to ugly subways & rigid
public momuments--PT-art can also be created for public
places: poems scrawled in courthouse lavatories, small
fetishes abandoned in parks & restaurants, xerox-art under
windshield-wipers of parked cars, Big Character Slogans
pasted on playground walls, anonymous letters mailed to
random or chosen recipients (mail fraud), pirate radio
transmissions, wet cement...
The audience reaction or aesthetic-shock produced by PT
ought to be at least as strong as the emotion of terror--
powerful disgust, sexual arousal, superstitious awe, sudden
intuitive breakthrough, dada-esque angst--no matter whether
the PT is aimed at one person or many, no matter whether it
is "signed" or anonymous, if it does not change someone's
life (aside from the artist) it fails.
PT is an act in a Theater of Cruelty which has no stage, no
rows of seats, no tickets & no walls. In order to work at
all, PT must categorically be divorced from all conventional
structures for art consumption (galleries, publications,
media). Even the guerilla Situationist tactics of street
theater are perhaps too well known & expected now.
An exquisite seduction carried out not only in the cause of
mutual satisfaction but also as a conscious act in a
deliberately beautiful life--may be the ultimate PT. The
PTerrorist behaves like a confidence-trickster whose aim is
not money but CHANGE.
Don't do PT for other artists, do it for people who will not
realize (at least for a few moments) that what you have done
is art. Avoid recognizable art-categories, avoid politics,
don't stick around to argue, don't be sentimental; be
ruthless, take risks, vandalize only what _must_ be defaced,
do something children will remember all their lives--but
don't be spontaneous unless the PT Muse has possessed you.
Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary. The best PT is
against the law, but don't get caught. Art as crime; crime
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