Q. William Wall


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William Stabile has asked me to post this poem. A brief account of its writing and our collaboration can be found amomg the last comments on Luca’s ‘Matilda’ post. It is very long and if people feel it’s too long, please say so and I’ll remove it.
I would like to say that it is intended to be darkly funny, an angry rejection of the concept of the ‘cripple’ which Q embraces so readily. Q is short for Quasimodo, by the way, but no reference to the Sicilian poet is intended! On the page (or screen) the poem looks more bizarre than it is, because I rejected the idea of inserting speech marks. It is best heard, or read aloud, insofar as it has any perticular merit.
It appeared in my second collection of poems, and was almost unique in the collection for the fact that no critic chose to comment on it!
I have worked closely with Will on the translation, but he has refused to show me the finished version. I look forward to seeing it on Rizoma.

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Matilda. Luca Paci


They said God is dead, but I’m alive. I can still breathe see eat pray piss, I’m no dead body.
Last week this man came, fairly long hair thick glasses well dressed and sat stayed there for a minute or a year I don’t remember.
That’s my problem, I don’t retain information everything comes and goes up down above beneath beyond yonder (!) who uses yonder anymore.
And I’m less than a traffic light I don’t give off colors or noise I just sit like this chap in front of me trying to be smart with his briefcase who the fuck he thinks he is with that phony smile and his professional breath of minty fresh something. Continue reading

The Sentient Web. William Wall


This is part of an essay called The Sentient Web. I wrote it three years ago to explore my feelings about the internet as a locus of resistance. The essay was intended for a general audience, but the magazine it was intended for never published it. It was optimistic about the internet; I’m not entirely sure I agree with the sentiments expressed in it anymore. I hope the post is not too long Continue reading

On Graph Theory. David Cariolaro


Dear poets and lovers of literature,
I have been asked by William to give a short introduction to the world of graphs.
Perhaps it will be easier for me to express my own reason for becoming interested in graph theory. If one looks at the most common mathematical structures, e.g. groups, rings, fields, vector spaces, Hilbert Spaces, etc. it is difficult to escape the impression that they are all objects of a very specialized kind.
Sometimes five, ten or even fifteen axioms are needed to define these objects. Of course one may easily feel that the choice of these axioms is somehow arbitrary. Therefore it seems that pursuing the study of these structures would result in putting a strong bias to one’s mathematical activity in the long term. I was attracted by graphs because they express a concept that may be described by a single axiom: friendship. Continue reading