torsdag 26 september 2019

Book News: We've Seen the Same Horizon (2019)

A new poetry anthology is out. I'm in it. And so are many others. Because, as the title says, "We've Seen the Same Horizon"... A conceptual revolution is brewing in the West -- a transition from defeatism and materialism to willpower and vision.

The book is 151 pages in trade paperback. Buy it on Amazon.

The editor is Christina Finlayson Taylor.

In the foreword by Robert N. Taylor we read that the state of today's poetry is dismal: "In the academic world we have 'poets' being milled out from creative writing classes that presupposes that anyone can be a poet".

Mediocrity, everyday babble, lines that doesn't sing and swing -- that's the mainstay of Western poetry today.

Also, it doesn't mean anything. It's a language game by tired dandies.

How different, then, with the current anthology...!

This is a clarion call for meaning and willpower, for seeking strength in your own cultural and ethnic heritage.

"We rise. And then we stand" as Juleigh Howard-Hobson says in "Per Aspera Ad Astra" [p. 12]. Truly unique words in today's poetry. Strong and arousing words.

My own poem "I Am the Holy Flame" tries to capture the same arousing feeling:
I am the Holy Flame,
I am the Holy Fire...

I am the flash in the firepan,
fire and movement preaching man.

Burning all materialism to ashes.

I will burn it to ashes, then burn the ashes.

[p. 28]
Arise, awake! The Northern heritage beckons you. As I say in "Palearctic Grandeur":
I awake at night in the peace of 62 degrees north.
The moon speaks in silvery runes about the
coming grandeur of the Nordic regions,
the Palearctic zone and beyond.

[p. 46]
And as for women, I say to them, "be a valkyria" -- for she might historically "be gone but her mindset lives on" [p. 126].

There is more. The book has some additional poems by me, and there are good ones by Siegfried Manteuffel (both in German and English, a fine gesture), Carolyn Emerick, Albie A. Gogel, Christina Finlayson Taylor, Jason O'Toole, David Yorkshire, etc.

In all, a very fine collection. I'd say: like the music of Bach, it's a unique mixture of strength and beauty.

Buy the book on Amazon.

Be Superman, It's Easy
Burning Magnesium

fredag 13 september 2019

Actionist Epigrams

These are epigrams. Laconic, succinct wisdoms. In the spirit of Actionism. -- To be precise, you won't find these sentences in that book, the 2017 basic document. These are "further adventures of Actionism"... -- A presentation in Swedish of Actionism is given in this post.

The thing becomes a symbol when BEING shines through.

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I walk around town with a body language that says, “I AM”.

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Keep going until the movement becomes a state. Then time and space will collapse into a black hole that is you.

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Honor death, cherish life.

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In both peace and war there’s no irony. They are elemental states.

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Transcending material reality and the empirical mood in favor of invisible forces, levels beyond space-time affecting matter...

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Contempt as a lodestar? Snobby indulgence? Why not. The world itself is a spectacle. The truth is gained, not in the hazy confusion of “the everyday world, the city square”. It’s gained in the sublime palace on the heights above the city. Here you can quote Nicolas-Sébastien Roch de Chamfort: "The best recipe of the philosopher for our attitude towards the world: cheerful irony and contemptuous disregard.” – To this we have the ideal of Swedish poet Bertil Malmberg: “Dignity, gravity, contempt."

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Reading is breathing, breathing is reading.

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How to become a superman: just say to yourself, “I am superman,” again and again. How often you can say this depends on YOU – on your stamina, your willpower, your persistence of vision.

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This is the Way, the Golden Path... to majesty, peace and prosperity, everything: wishing it, wanting it, getting it.

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Actionist enemy No. 1: weakness of will.

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A man who has worked through at least 51% of his karma, who is C3 = Calm, Cool and Collected – and who can RIA = Rest In Action, is a virtual superman – a spiritual superman.

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The moment you discover WILL = a surging rush of power.

I Declare You the Spiritual Superman
Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man (2017)
In Swedish: En presentation av Actionism
Painting by Robert Svensson