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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.
Poetic Terrorism

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
as art.
art sabotage 02.Dec.2003 22:11

migratory bird

I suddenly realized I should add this poem called Art Sabotage.

Art Sabotage

ART SABOTAGE STRIVES TO be perfectly exemplary but at the
same time retain an element of opacity--not propaganda but
aesthetic shock--apallingly direct yet also subtly angled--

Art Sabotage is the dark side of Poetic Terrorism--creation-
through-destruction--but it cannot serve any Party, nor any
nihilism, nor even art itself. Just as the banishment of
illusion enhances awareness, so the demolition of aesthetic
blight sweetens the air of the world of discourse, of the
Other. Art Sabotage serves only consciousness,
attentiveness, awakeness.

A-S goes beyond paranoia, beyond deconstruction--the
ultimate criticism--physical attack on offensive art--
aesthetic jihad. The slightest taint of petty ego-icity or
even of personal taste spoils its purity & vitiates its
force. A-S can never seek power--only _release_ it.

Individual artworks (even the worst) are largely irrelevant-
-A-S seeks to damage institutions which use art to diminish
consciousness & profit by delusion. This or that poet or
painter cannot be condemned for lack of vision--but malign
Ideas can be assaulted through the artifacts they generate.
MUZAK is designed to hypnotize & control--its machinery can
be smashed.

Public book burnings--why should rednecks & Customs
officials monopolize this weapon? Novels about children
possessed by demons; the _New_York_Times_ bestseller list;
feminist tracts against pornography; schoolbooks (especially
Social Studies, Civics, Health); piles of _New_York_Post_,
_Village_Voice_ & other supermarket papers; choice gleanings
of Xtian publishers; a few Harlequin Romances--a festive
atmosphere, wine-bottles & joints passed around on a clear
autumn afternoon.

To throw money away at the Stock Exchange was pretty decent
Poetic Terrorism--but to _destroy_ the money would have been
good Art Sabotage. To seize TV transmission & broadcast a
few pirated minutes of incendiary Chaote art would
constitute a feat of PT--but simply to blow up the
transmission tower would be perfectly adequate Art Sabotage.
If certain galleries & museums deserve an occasional brick
through their windows--not destruction, but a jolt to
complacency--then what about BANKS? Galleries turn beauty
into a commodity but banks transmute Imagination into feces
and debt. Wouldn't the world gain a degree of beauty with
each bank that could be made to tremble...or fall? But how?
Art Sabotage should probably stay away from politics (it's
so boring)--but not from banks.

Don't picket--vandalize. Don't protest--deface. When
ugliness, poor design & stupid waste are forced upon you,
turn Luddite, throw your shoe in the works, retaliate. Smash
the symbols of the Empire in the name of nothing but the
heart's longing for grace

T.A.Z. 25.Aug.2005 18:58

kiarra aradia_sea@lycos.com

These are both excerpts from Hakim Bey's book Temporary Autonomous Zone: Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism.
The entire book is available online, in accordance with the anarchist copyright principles:free!