Strange adventures of ‘speculative realism’ tell us a lot about the state of philosophy today. Even though there is a suggestion that behind its paradoxical name lay the conceptual riches worth investigating, till this day it only served as an umbrella term or a brand. Neither the advocates nor the opponents of its use have ever tried to expose its potential philosophical meaning.
next time when we have a serious talk
let’s say in twenty years
I would like us to finally resolve the dilemma
of why and how did we get here
not only despite communism
but because of it as well.
Compelled to create,
like the fish are compelled
to swim in the water.
You shouldn’t watch further
That’s the reason why we create.
Just like the water is the condition
and medium of life for fish
the same is the Capital
for contemporary subjects.
Money makes money
Careers are being built
And professes are collecting tenure credit
Just like the bees honey
Type in ‘I love you’ then send
Just like you insert the coin
Into the grand vending machine which knows to offer
“The Greatest Love Poems of All Time”
And where to find
Cheap luxurious bouquets downtown.
The conceptual inventory of philosophy needs some reordering. Important terms like “ideology” shouldn’t be reduced to imaginary, head-smashing weapons “lefties” use during their aimless disputations.
If we had lived in some earlier times
We would have been party members
Who are not anymore.
We would have been delegated to Siberia
Had we not been
Under the secret police control.
And even if we had been anybodies, anywhere
Caught in the maelstrom of the cultural revolution,
It would have made more sense than the best moment
In this devious, wasteful time of ours.
(The poem was written in the city Loznica in 2014 during the internet correspondence with Vladimir Orelj)
We roleplayed in the dungeons,
Had been charging the dragons,
Fought the shadows tooth and nail.
We were passionate, serious,
Above else, young.
And in the meantime
Poetry was drowning in events,
Theater in festivals,
Politics in networking.
After the last game
There was nowhere else to go.