The idea that no creature possesses consciousness. There is only an ability to process and display consciousness. We receive consciousness the way radios receive signals: how well we receive it depends on how finely tuned we are organically; the same with how well we display it. There is always static, power waxing and waning, our circuits overheat, wear out, etc. But the “signals” metaphor is misleading: consciousness isn’t organized into bands, into channels of meaning. We create the channels from the ubiquitous and undifferentiated background radiation of consciousness, according to our own organic form. Let’s say that species are essentially forms that receive and display consciousness in characteristically different ways. Not just species, either. Rocks and trees and waters and fires receive and display consciousness as well, within the limits of their forms.
No real poems this week; just a few lines in response to this post by Vassilis Zambaras. They are nestled in the comment stream there, but I’m re-pasting them here. Let’s call it “Childish”:
always used me,
but I don’t bawl
about it, old enough
to take childish
delight in every
Just so you don’t feel cheated, here’s the title poem from Valzhyna Mort‘s extraordinary Factory of Tears, which I read this week:
FACTORY OF TEARS
And once again according to the annual report
the highest productivity results were achieved
by the Factory of Tears.
While the Department of Transportation was breaking heels
while the Department of Heart Affairs
was beating hysterically
the Factory of Tears was working night shifts
setting new records
even on holidays.
While the Food refinery Station
was trying to digest another catastrophe
the Factory of Tears adopted a new economically advantageous
technology of recycling the wastes of the past—
The pictures of the employees of the year
were placed on the Wall of Tears.
I’m a recipient of workers’ comp from the heroic Factory of Tears.
I have calluses on my eyes.
I have compound fractures on my cheeks.
I receive my wages with the product I manufacture.
And I’m happy with what I have.