Friday, April 1, 1988

VENUS UNEARTHED


It was an unusually dry year in 1820 when the
farmer's plow hit a stone in the fallow field of Melos.
Thinking it was a building block to salvage,
Theodore Kentortaus wrested from the earth
the object of perfect love.

When he pulled the goddess Aphrodite (or Venus)
from the shallow grave, he fell in love,
spent an unmeasured amount of time in his shed
gazing upon her beauty, 'til his wife, jealous,
sold her to the French. Was it the maddening April winds
or the vestiges of an older story
that fanned her rage?

When Venus was hoisted onto the French frigate
she saw the sea was curved like a bell,
she escaped into the water. Her white arms
were lost when the sailors tried to raise her
from Posideon's watery depths.
Some say it was because she didn't want to leave Greece.
A fisherman fell in love with her,
gathered up her pitiful broken arms,
rowed far out into the Aegean and tossed them overboard
so she would always embrace the boats of the fishermen.

Men searched the sea in vain for her arms,
unable to find the watery X the fisherman marked.
Now, only fish gaze upon the beauty of her white arms:
one hand holding the hard-won golden apple of discontent
the other gathering up her robes as she received
the judgement of Paris. Hera's final revenge—
a skirmish broke out between the French and Germans.
A stray shot chipping a piece from the face of Venus,
mutilating the immortal beauty that Paris claimed.



4/1/1988
rev. 3/89




I think this poem came out of a merry chase  where I created a genealogy chart for the Greek gods (done the hard way, before internet) because I couldn't keep them straight. I also was mesmerized by a photo and story of the raising of Venus.


VENUS OF MELOS/A WHO'S WHO GUIDE

Venus/love/eros/Venus mound/earthly love/sex/
Venus of Melos/melody
Venus aka Aphrodite born of the sea foam
/dolphins/Poseidon aka Neptune attending
birth of Venus on the half shell/Bottecelli
Venus/Helen of Troy/Paris/Trojan horse
Venus-Aphrodite loved Adonis aka Attis
who was slain by jealous Ares/
his blood turned into anenomes or violets depending on the myth
Aphrodite's grief was so great he only spent half his time in Hades/
Gardens of Adonis offered to Poseidon of the sea

Paris, son of Priam/king of Troy/
oracle/birth to a torch/attempted infantacide
Paris/shepherd/Mount Ida/three godesses
Aphrodite/love/Athena/battle glory/Hera/wisdom
an uninvited guest at the wedding/Eris/Apple of Dischord
"for the beauty" which set this whole story off/Paris/Helen/

Menelaus/House of Atreus/King of Spartus/Troy/Helen/Paris
Agamemnon/House of Atreus/sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to Artemis
who was Diana of the Hunt/who was angered by the killing of a sacred hind
his wife, Clytemnestra and lover Aegisthus--murderers of Agamemnon
His children/Orestes/Electra seek revenge and slay Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
The erinyes, the snake-haired furies,
avenging spirits aroused my his matricide drive him mad
At Oreste's trial at Areophagus he is purified by Apollo
Erinyes become the Eumenides/gracious goddesses/wasp that sting
Hermoine/daughter of Helen and Menelaus/married Orestes

Leda (mother of Castor and Pollux/ the Dioscuri/Gemini
and brothers to Helen of Troy) has a thing for
Zeus as a swan (father of Helen and Pollux)

Paris's arrow killed Achilles/tendon/River Styx/sting of mortality
Achilles avenging his friend Patroclus/slayer of Hector, son of Priam
(remember Paris?)Paris killed by an arrow from the bow of Philocletes
Who was Philocletes?

Athena aka Minerva
sprung full grown from the forehead of Zeus
who swallowed her mother
Athena and Poseidon had a battle of wits
He invented the horse and salt spring
Athena invented the olive tree/
victory/wisdom/intellect/giant slayer

Zeus/lover of Hera
Hera aka Juno/consort of Jupiter aka Zeus
Zeus/lover/brother/Jupiter
Moon/Io/planet/Jupiter loved Io
jealous Heraturned her into a cow/wasp/sting/

Zeus/Olympian father of the gods and men
Zeus/Jupiter/ god of the elements
rain/wind/thunder/lightning
the god of moral law and order had trouble keeping it together
Zeus, consort of Hera
Zeus, consort of Leto who had twins; Artemis and Apollo
Zeus, consort of Dione, mother of Aphrodite
Zeus, consort of Mnemosyne, mother of the Muses
Zeus, consort of Demeter, mother of Persephone

Olympia, home of the gods: Poseidon, Athena, Aphrodite, Hera, Demeter
Zeus, chief diety--it's crowded up there
Rhea/Cybele, mother of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter
Rhea, daughter of Uranus and Gaiea, wife of Cronus
gave birth to Zeus in a cave on Mt. Ida/Curetes and Corybants
led wild orgiastic dances by torchlight in the woods
so Cybele's husband, Cronus, or Saturn, son of Gaiea and Uranus
who dethroned his own father is dethroned by Zeus
won't find and kill Zeus (or Poseidon)
Cybele/great earth mother/Ishtar/Rhea was worshipped as a stone
fallen from heaven, a meteorite/Magna Mater
who loved Attis/see Adonis/a beautiful youth loved by Aphrodite
who was slain by a wild boar(or a jealous Ares)
Ares/Eros/Love/Venus



DATE?





RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY outake


RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY OUTAKES


1. If word processing is possible
with only a limited memory,
how many rams does it take to equal one rom?
If I work in total darkness
will my eyes reflect the phosphor tubes
or will I pass for a feral night animal
hunting under the cover of darkness
for prehistoric prey in a literate world?

Is there total enlightenment at the end of the screen
or is the dark worse than the byte?
Ram Ram Ram Ram


2. The ultimate dada experience:
to write the manuscript of a lifetime
on a floppy disk, not make a hard copy,
and then run a magnet across it.
The ferrous molecules will line up
and attain perfect enlightenment.
Ram Dass Baba Ram Hass
Bob Doss Ram Baba peach flambé.


4/88? 89?

when was this first written? was filed in 1980, I think that's a typo
from newspaper clippings
WOOFITIBOOTAH

Oh dear, this is rather striking too close to home.

RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY is MIA (hard copy)
(See Hidden Logic)

I found a hard copy of RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY, two versions, actually... no date, but v.1. is dot matrix, so 87 is probably correct.