Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gorgias Resartus

              Omnis scientia est de universali,
                quod est unum in multis, quia de
                singularibus non est  scientia... 
                                                     (Duns Scotus)

The individuum does not exist.

If the individuum exists, it is not knowable.

If the individuum is knowable, it is not communicable.

E. A. Costa 30 October, 2014 Granada, Nicaragua

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

La Bala (Salomón de la Selva)

La bala

La bala que me hiera
será bala con alma.
El alma de esa bala
será como sería
la canción de una rosa
si las flores cantaran
o el olor de un topacio
si las piedras olieran,
o la piel de una música
si nos fuese posible
tocar a las canciones
desnudas con las manos.

Si me hiere el cerebro
me dirá: yo buscaba
sondear tu pensamiento.

Y si me hiere el pecho
me dirá: ¡Yo quería
decirte que te quiero!

Salomón de la Selva

The Bullet

The bullet that wounds me
will be a bullet with soul.
The soul of the bullet will be
as might be the song of a rose
if flowers could sing,
or the smell of a topaz
if stones had fragrance,
or the skin of music
if it were possible for us
to touch songs stripped bare
with our hands.

If it smashes into my brain
it will tell me: I was trying to sound out
your thought.

If it wounds me in the heart
it will tell me: I wanted to tell you
it is you I long for.

Tr. E. A. Costa 28 October, 2014 Granada, Nicaragua

[Original photo EAC. Click on image to enlarge]

Monday, October 6, 2014

Is Life Evaporation?

Is life evaporation?

Do we savor the odor
of the sun?

Or do we sublimate
into the light

and so





like rain


the sea.

E. A. Costa October 6, 2014 Granada, Nicaragua 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Storm In Far Country Recently Electrificated

Drops on tin
hardly heard—then
torrents and grumbling thunder,

bulls bellowing madly under the metal roof,
cows lowing mercy.

In the murmuring grow rivulets
scowling with flashes of lightning.

The night thirsts for fear.

The corrugated roof
screeches and howls
for seeming hours,
for the sin of protection
or for the arrogance of its erection?

A drip begins by the bed.

Diminution is showers
ungrowing slowly--
what weatherman called them light or heavy?

The rest of the night
is soaking rain with no run off.

City falls uneasily to sleep.

The peasants dream of pigs and chickens and geese
fattened on rice and beans.

E. A. Costa October 4, 2014  Granada, Nicaragua

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lake Möbius (Lago Möbius)

                 “Words can be like X-rays if you use
                  them properly -- they’ll go through anything."
                                                                       (Aldous Huxley)

Greatest among rivers
is River Ocean
which winds up and down
around the world
layered in seven spheres
through which shines
the cold indifferent moon....

Lago Möbius

                   “Words can be like X-rays if you use
                     them properly -- they’ll go through anything."
                                                                            (Aldous Huxley)

El mayor entre los ríos
es Río Océano que serpentea
arriba y abajo alrededor
del mundo estratificado
en siete esferas por las cuales
brilla la luna fría y indiferente....

E. A. Costa 19 September 2014, Granada, Nicaragua

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Haïku Deleuze

In the beginning
all there was was difference
from which rose same names....

E. A .Costa  9 September 2014, Granada, Nicaragua

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Columbus, Freud and Nietzsche

                     El ánimo que piensa en lo que puede temer,
                     empieza a temer en lo que puede pensar.

                                                      Francisco de Quevedo

Freud is very much like Columbus, who uncovered for Europe a putatively “new” world but had little idea what the uncovery was exactly.

The idea that Columbus’ advocacy of a spherical earth was revolutionary is nonsense. A spherical earth, for example, is implicit in both Copernicus and Galileo, whether or not baldly stated, and it is also implicit in Kepler.

Moreover, behind them all is the ancient proposition of the Pythagoreans that the earth must be spherical.

None of this was new.

Columbus, Genoese navigator, innovates only in what he intends to gain by his proposition—namely, the ability to sail around the globe and open up the trade with the Far East that the Venetians had monopolized through their dealings with the Saracens, Turks and Greeks in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In some key sense Columbus is merely a marine Marco Polo.

In practical terms, besides his ability to enlist the Spanish Crown in his project, he had the skills, as did Freud, of a master dead reckoner.

So Freud, who in dreams uncovered a supposed “unconscious” that had indirect access to consciousness through language, uncovered very little new about either dreams or “the unconscious” except insofar as he intended to exploit his new world “scientifically”, partly for his own advancement as a psychiatrist, and partly—so he clearly thought—in the interests both of self-knowledge and of that same “science”.

Freud, then, is the repressed and supposedly scientifically trained man uncovering a “new world” of seeming irrationality that includes his own deeper mind.

Even in modern dress, however, most of what Freud uncovered about what was not taken as “conscious” is already in Nietzsche, though Nietzsche is not particularly interested in the dream state as a primary means of circumnavigating the new mind.

Indeed, in The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche uncovers the irrational element--among the very inventors of logos--in drama, ritual, and religion, all of which are a kind of external unconscious.

It  is enormously interesting that, as Lacan saw, Freud envisaged the object of his study, “the mind”, as a spherical surface—very much like Columbus’ globe.

What Freud uncovered, as Lacan also saw, he misnamed as clumsily as Columbus misnamed his “new” world, using as he did grammatical categories for psychic realities that are not only the substrate of natural language but pre-existent to it.

Moreover, Freud consciously or unconsciously depreciated Nietzsche as his great precursor and as the inventor of the new psychology while using ancient Greek figures like Oedipus to name his supposed elaborations of what he uncovered.

Why he did this is still somewhat of a mystery.

The most plausible explanation is that Freud, overimpressed by the “method” in which he had been trained, could not easily see Nietzsche, philosopher and philologist, and self-described "pyschologist", as his predecessor in anything Freud was prepared to call “scientific”.

Giving Freud all due credit for having, like Columbus, the perseverance to sail into an unknown continent, one also must emphasize that the new world, though Freud himself could not see it, was at once very ancient and also in the modern age the previous uncovery of Nietzsche.

It is in this context that among the French, it is Gilles Deleuze who is the true innovator philosophically in his more conscious reinvestment in Nietzsche both as predecessor to Freud—thus Lacan—and also as the channel to an ancient world that has been there all along logically, epistemologically and philosophically among the ancient Greeks, who exist previous to Hegel and Marx, and who enter the latter part of the Twentieth Century as the de-ideologizing of politics and economics by psychological insight, as perpetrated so brilliantly also by Herbert Marcuse.

Even Deleuze’s Rabelaisianism, which seems very French and modern and thoroughly grotesque (thus”unclassical”) is indirectly also a return, mediated by Nietzsche, to the same Dionysian Greeks.

E. A. Costa 2010- August 2014 Durham, North Carolina