Sunday, 19 March 2017


An intriguing, but masterly filmed black and white film from Iranian director Keywan Karimi,  reminiscent of some of Béla Tarr's work, portraying Tehran through characters that seem to move towards destruction. His use of light and contrasts to convey an increasing feeling of anguish, a strange dystopian mood, the absence of information about the characters and the content of the package given to the main character adding to some great single take scenes (like the hammam scene) make this one of the most interesting films I have watched in the last years.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Jesus Alone

From Nick Cave's new album, skeleton tree

You fell from the sky
Crash landed in a field
Near the river Adur
Flowers spring from the ground
Lambs burst from the wombs of their mothers
In a hole beneath the bridge
She convalesce, she fashioned masks of twigs and clay
You cried beneath the dripping trees
Ghost song lodged in the throat of a mermaid

With my voice
I am calling you

You're a young man waking
Covered in blood that is not yours
You're a woman in a yellow dress
Surrounded by a charm of hummingbirds
You're a young girl full of forbidden energy
Flickering in the gloom
You're a drug addict lying on your back
In a Tijuana hotel room

With my voice
I am calling you

You're an African doctor harvesting tear ducts
You believe in God, but you get no special dispensation for this belief now
You're an old man sitting by a fire, hear the mist rolling off the sea
You're a distant memory in the mind of your creator, don't you see?

With my voice
I am calling you

Let us sit together until the moment comes

Signe Ascendant

Je n'ai jamais éprouvé de plaisir intellectuel que sur le plan analogique. Pour moi la seule évidence au monde est commandée par le rapport spontané, extra-lucide, insolent qui s'établit, dans certaines conditions, entre telle chose et telle autre, que le sens commun retiendrait de confronter. Aussi vrai que le mot le plus haïssable est le mot donc, avec tout ce qu'il entraîne de vanité et de délectation morose, j'aime éperdument tout ce qui, rompant d'aventure le fil de la pensée discursive, part soudain en fusée illuminant une vie de relations autrement fécondes, dont tout indique que les hommes des premiers âges eurent le secret.

André Breton, in Signe Ascendant

FIFDH Geneva 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

além dia

através das águas
sempre o mesmo riso petrificado
penas que não deixam o peso ser força
nos convés dos navios

e nas matas à deriva
candeias em fogo como faróis

(entre fogueiras ainda o dia)

porque são poucos os que como eu
atravessam as trincheiras descalços
na esperança do musgo

mesmo se as manhãs sabem ser frescas muito cedo

mesmo se as manhãs
nas guerras geológicas das raizes debaixo do húmus
atiçam o pavor dos pássaros nas copas

e quando a seiva derramada acorda os mortos
das suas além casas
das suas além vidas
é já tarde

para quem corre descalço tudo é credível
e a velocidade ao quadrado é ainda mais espessa:
massa-energia que rompe a carne

(ah, a sofrega moralidade da física)

é esta a palavra única do dia
a palavra marinheiro
das já muito faladas manhãs
palavra perdida num poema
sonoramente vertical
caindo, caindo
sob o efeito previsível
da sua própria gravidade

(O Coxo, Março 2017, em ocasião dos 150 anos do nascimento de Raul Brandão)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Antigel 2017

Sunday, 4 December 2016

os deuses

Por isso mesmo – para não se comprometerem –
os Deuses, quando nos falam ao ouvido,
evitam frases explícitas e promessas concretas.
E embora falando espantosamente
a nossa língua, espantosamente não são entendidos.
Consegues perceber isto, Bloom?

(in Uma Viagem à India, Gonçalo Tavares)

Sunday, 23 October 2016

of clericism and men

The veneration of mighty invisible beings, which was extorted from helpless man through natural fear rooted in the sense of his impotence, did not begin with a religion but rather with a slavish worship of a god (or of idols). When this worship had achieved a certain publicly legalized form it was a temple service, and it became a church worship only after the moral culture of men was gradually united with its laws.

(In "Religion within the limits of bare reason", Emmanuel Kant)

Saturday, 8 October 2016


View of Hayravank Monastery and Sevan Lake, Armenia

Kapatadze lake, on the road from David Gareji monastery to Sagaredjo, Georgia

(photos by O coxo, September 2016)

Animatou 2016

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Um quarto dos poemas é imitação literária

Herberto Helder dito por Fernando Alves, in Servidões

Um quarto dos poemas é imitação literária,
outro quarto é ainda imitação mas já irónica e colérica,
outro quarto é das labaredas da inquisição à volta,
outro quarto, o quarto, o que falta, é por causa da magnificência do mundo
o quinto quarto absurdo é o das quatro patas cortadas,
e o último é ele que olha da montanha
onde abriu na pedra o seu nome inabalável,
e voltava ao primeiro como se fosse orvalho,
como se fosse tão frio que cortasse até ao osso,
o imo do próprio nome assim metido na pedra,
tanto que ninguém sabia de quem era,
porque ficou todo dentro e não se via de fora:
nem o suor nem o sangue nem o sopro

Monday, 29 August 2016

Explorers wanted

Series of posters created by NASA to promote MARS missions


Hike the solar system's largest canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars, where you can catch blue sunsets in the twilight, and see the two moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) in the night sky.


Night owls welcome! If you lived on Mars' moon Phobos, you'd have an office with a view, mining for resources with Mars in the night sky. Settlers below on Mars would see Phobos rise and set not once, but twice in one day!


Got a green thumb? This one's for you! In space, you can grow tomatoes, lettuce, peas, and radishes just like you would find in your summer garden. New ways of growing fresh food will be needed to keep brave explorers alive.


Have you ever asked the question, what is out there? So have we! That curiosity leads us to explore new places like Mars and its moons, Phobos and Deimos. Just what lies beyond the next valley, canyon, crater, or hill is something we want to discover with rovers and with humans one day too.


Learning is out of this world! Learning can take you places you've never dreamed of, including Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos. No matter where we live, we can always learn something new, especially with teacher-heroes who guide us on our path, daring us to dream and grow!


People with special talents will always be in demand for our Journey To Mars. Whether repairing an antenna in the extreme environment of Mars, or setting up an outpost on the moon Phobos, having the skills and desire to dare mighty things is all you need.


Are you someone who can put things together, solving challenges to ensure survival? Dare to forge our future with space-age tools - build spaceships to carry us to Mars and back, and habitats to protect us while we're there.