[NetBehaviour] plane depth in the furious light of the leader's bomb

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sun Sep 10 04:39:25 CEST 2017

The issue of the memorials for me isn't the point - as much as there are, 
as far as I know, no memorials to the slaves, what they went through. I 
don't know how any of this can be reconciled; there's also the Vietnam War 
memorial wall, and no wall for the Vietnamese who died (I think someone 
worked on this?) I don't think there will be any healing in the South as 
long as these symbolic artifacts and their displacement, destruction, etc. 
are the focus of attention. The real issues, the divisions in the South 
and in America in general, are enormous. Where are the monuments to the 
underground railroad, to what the slaves accomplished?

There's no answer, this is a broken country - and one with an enormous 
amount of wealth and military materiel...

Best, Alan

On Sat, 9 Sep 2017, Johannes Birringer wrote:

> thank you for striking images, sounds and the writing, Alan.
> out of sky a lot of things have fallen it seems, and from the ground and under-ground
> the cold wars rise up still.
> i cannot articulate fear except fear for (the people of the United States) and
> ponder the removal or requested removal of statues and sculptures;
> Robert E Lee offends, perhaps George Washington & Thomas Jefferson will too
> or have already; the young people in Durham tore down a confederate monument
> and were arrested; one of them, Ngoc Loan Tran, used social media to state:
> "The will of the people in Durham, Charlottesville, and across the country is
> that we need to tear down these Confederate monuments.
> We need to tear down every prestige of white supremacy..."
> I remember, Alan, how you reacted with fear and anger to ISIS tearing down monuments or decapitating
> them, and it seems now that reports reach us of a new iconoclastic uproar raging
> in the United States, reflecting deep divisions and racial ressentiments on all sides;
> an article in Die Zeit speaks of "Ein Land im Kunstkrieg :
> Die USA erleben einen Bildersturm, wie man ihn sonst nur aus Revolutionen kennt.
> ?berall werden unliebsame Denkmale abger?umt...."
> http://www.zeit.de/2017/35/bildersturm-kulturkampf-rassismus-donald-trump-usa
> and what does this battle over symbols rain down on us, with KKK and Neonazis
> marching in Charlottesville, openly armed and in camouflage?
> every direction is a path on a plain of scythes and glows?
> And Heather Heyer, who had demonstrated for the removal of the old general, is dead now.
> The civil war, i recall, was in 1861-65, so that is 150 years ago? the monuments were
> erected later, in the 1920s, 1930s? during segregation that was not supposed to have existed?
> and the bombs have still not been defused?
> Johannes Birringer
> ________________________________________
> [Alan Sondheim schreibt]
> Sent: 04 September 2017 03:37
> plane depth in the furious light of the leader's bomb
> out of the sky falls more sky
> http://www.alansondheim.org/pvd14.jpg
> http://www.alansondheim.org/plane5.mp3
> http://www.alansondheim.org/plane6.mp3
> 2nd radio, different frequencies, plane interior
> you hear what the plane says
> only what the plane says, its capability of your hearing
> http://www.alansondheim.org/coupling.mp3
> improvisation by changing antenna inductance with hands
> (on the way to death i will do this music)
> http://www.alansondheim.org/pvd15.jpg
> we will die in the leader's bomb
> these sounds will do no harm
> furious the leaders square off in their squares
> their squares are full of tyros marching batons,
>    frayed conductances, unruly radiations
> maze and meander obliterated, there are no paths among us
> every direction is a path on a plain of scythes and glows
> every image is there, michelangelo pulling from the rock
>    (dead michelangelo pulled from the rock)
> nothing moves and everything hurts,  what the plane drops
> up from the ground rises more ground
> out of the sky falls more sky

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