Jordan Davis, p.1


How monsters feel
About definition changes
From year to year
They’re always eager
To seem determined
They like to let
You know how
To give them a thought

They are, then,
Somewhat adaptive

Generally monsters
Prefer to hollow out
Some category—

Category elision—is often
Given to monsters too

The holographic
Side of monsters
Betrays us into
Imagining they
Are our own creations

This is the leading interpretation
Of monsters of course

Paralyzing anxiety
Monsters and déjà vu

Love as a form of projection
Analogous to the
Invention of monsters

Monsters, resemblance, love

And horror as attachment/loss

Monster as agent of retribution

My head turns automatically
To the left

You don’t want
Aesthetics to be
The only one in the family
Knows how to drive

Don’t aestheticize
The monster’s habitat

Monster and conscience
—a kind of lay theology
Along the lines of
Bad thoughts will kill you

The failure of the impulse for tact

To be a strict monster
Is any apparently
Single-minded design
On oneself

They excrete gold that smells like flowers

Freud’s attempt to
Show that the monster-instinct
Is a kind of equilibrium

To treat the everyday
Acquaintance as a monster
And to perceive invisible monsters
Are different disorders

Is it better
To anticipate fear
Or to disregard it?
Monsters suggest: to anticipate

The monster has not yet
Chosen to argue
Although this should be
The greatest fear—
That the monster will
Persuade us to destroy ourselves—
Or is that the devil

Single-minded and unreasoning—
But success is also associated
With single-mindedness (American buddhism)

Waves of purple in the green

Shape-shifting—fear not
So much of the object as of
Depending on the object—
As with the categories
Nature, gender, age, race, machine

The reasonable pursuit
Of patently fictitious characters
(Loch Ness?)

Teaching can’t be only
Can it?

The monster could, theoretically
Exist independently of
The complex systems that
Put people in its path
But then it wouldn’t serve
To teach about
Those systems

Monsters and debugging

The appearance of a monster
Are telltale of what?

Panic at error
Crossover grossout

Singularity v. swarm-panic

For the German romantics
There could be no not-I
No other
Unless there could be
A being that couldn’t
Know itself

Do not eat the baby monster

This dogged insistence
On the unmistakable, unique
Singularity of the body
Comes at precisely
The moment when philanthropists,
The disciples of Proust,
And psychoanalysts assure us
That all possibilities dwell
Within each of us, and that
Nothing could be more
Out-of-date and philistine
Than the belief in the unity
Of personality. What can
Be behind this? (Walter Benjamin)

Well, for one thing,
Fear as a calibrating tool

In society we have the
Power of the friendly hello
However in the city
This power is (mainly) suppressed
By the open air

Leave, but go where? Build what?

Fear of the monster-makers

“The expression on the monster’s face
is always one of fear”

Electrified with concrete ties
Causes thunder in the overpass

Desire for a good life
Paralyzes thought—
Thus freed, the brain creates value
In the form of cartoons

Fear as a protection (conservatism)

Budget your fear
To have enough energy
To get what you want—
Careful not to damage anything