Issue a5 · 2012



Two Diptychs


by Jan Lauwereyns





The Red Notebook



The time me emerged: decapitation was the means to destroy it.  No other species decapitates.  Mind for matter, slave to the body, the reflective body, a negotiable mind.  Body uses mind to improve its interaction with the world; body evolves a self-declaration of holiness, but then, imagine that, the special core revolts, transcends, breathes ideas.  Solar winds.  Flux enhancement of whistler waves.  The lady next to the lady stutters, blushing a response, coronal hole stream that you just heard if you heard it.


This concludes our session.


I would like to thank the speakers for their contribution.





The Blue Notebook



Dead reckoning tracks us on the map, outside the sea horse, beyond the remembered map of the world.  Often the flow of change is more important than the state of being you end up in, but be very careful about what you learn from it.


Here the math blows you away within seconds.  Indexing objects of thought, acting out the leaning toward?  Electrolytic lesions are not nice because they destroy fibers of passage.  Now, ibotenic acid lesions, they are really the way to go because they destroy only cell bodies.


We have evidence of regret.


(Messy, complex graphs.) (Nothing new compared to a year ago.)









Forgetting Takes Place



What a bitter day it is, having been,


the wind rustling

in the back of your memory implant.


Foreign life events dip

in schools of issues such as these,


slashing forward, backward,


the squeaky wipers dancing

something minimal on your windshield.





Forgetting Takes Place (2)



Impending chaos, the flight

of the nightingale,


now plug in

some naked insistence past its expiration date.


Bias plays

in the size of your confidence interval,


however anticipated the word.


If you hate it,

it rains, it washes over and away.













Jan Lauwereyns is a poet, essayist, and neuroscientist.  He lives in Fukuoka, Japan, where he is Professor in the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences at Kyushu University.  He has published ten books of poetry, essay, and prose in his native language, Dutch.  In 2010 he published his first book in English, The Anatomy of Bias (MIT Press).  Since 2005 he also writes poetry in English, which is starting to surface in literary journals and chapbooks.