Walter Benjamin

Maggie Jaffe


dreamt of a labyrinth-
like bookstore and was happy.
Then woke in Vichy, France---
Autumn, 1940.
Frankly, he's unlucky---
more dreamer than schemer,
equating scheming with Capital.
Which is why he's at this sealed-
off border, crossing into the only
country which will have him.
His suicide "so profoundly moved
the guards," they allowed his comrades
passage into Spain,
god damn them.
Were his books with his
"unintelligible marginalia"
beside him?
Unintelligible to whom?

Self alienation

has reached
a point that it
experiences its own
destruction as aesthetic pleasure.

Fascism

aestheticizes
politics
which culminates
in one thing:

War.


Copyright CrossConnect, Inc. 1996

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