Writing with my feet …


Nietzsche’s poem ‘Writing with One’s Feet’ in The Gay Science (Fröhliche Wissenschaft):

Not with my hand alone I write:
My foot wants to participate.
Firm and free and bold, my feet
Run across the field – and sheet.

Joseph Beuys 1977 – “I Think Anyway with the Knee”

In his long narrative, “Milton”, Blake describes how the author of “Paradise Lost” returned from heaven and entered Blake’s foot in the form of a comet. Afterwards, the familiar world of the five senses turned into a shoe. Blake tied the shoe and walked with the Spirit of Poetry to the City of Art.

Milton actually entered Blake’s left tarsus bone!

But Milton entering my foot I saw in the nether/ Regions of the
Imagination also all men on Earth,/ And all in Heaven, saw in the nether regions of the Imagination.”

Blake’s Milton

Soul is only a word for something about the body

“To the despisers of the body will I speak” – Nietzsche


    “Body am I, and soul” – thus speaks the child. And why should one not speak like children? But the awakened and knowing say: body am I en­tirely, and nothing else; and soul is only a word for something about the body. The body is a great reason, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a herd and a shepherd. An instrument of your body is also your little reason, my brother, which you call “spirit”- a little instrument and toy of your great reason. “I,” you say, and are proud of the word. But greater is that in which you do not wish to have faith-your body and its great reason: that does not say “I,” but does “I.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra No 4

Genesis Celtic Lovers Sculpture

Nietzsche regarded the idea of a body-independent soul or spirit as a philosophical, religious and moral-theological error. Accordingly, in a fragment from the summer of 1880, Nietzsche wrote: ‘I have always written my writings with all my body and life: I do not know what “purely spiritual” problems are.’

I had that realization many decades ago – the error that is a ‘purely spiritual ‘ problem. Hence, ‘The Fugitive Stag’ is my whole body … body-soul, soulbody …

Tribute to the Angels

A new sensation
is not granted to everyone,
not to everyone everywhere,
but to us here, a new sensation
strikes paralyzing,
strikes dumb,
strikes the senses numb,
sets the nerves quivering;
I am sure you see
what I mean;
it was an old tree
such as we see everywhere,
anywhere here—and some barrel staves
and some bricks
and an edge of the wall
uncovered and the naked ugliness
and then…music? O, what I meant
by music when I said music, was—
music sets up ladders,
it makes us invisible,
it sets us apart,
it lets us escape;
but from the visible
there is no escape;
there is no escape from the spear
that pierces the heart.

No 22 - from H.D.’s ‘Tribute to the Angels’

SPIKED – 7 August

People are still in denial about the free-speech crisis. This week, a new report on how Brexit-backing and right-leaning academics feel ostracised and silenced on campus was dismissed by woke commentators. The same people insist cancel culture is a myth. Those who moan about cancellation are just rich columnists and writers who don’t like being disagreed with, they say, wilfully overlooking the fact that vast numbers of everyday people have been reprimanded, sacked from their jobs and even questioned by police over things they’ve said online. We have to keep exposing censorship every time it occurs – whether it’s being done by the state, Silicon Valley corporations or mobs of correct-thinkers – and stand up for the right of people to say, write, utter and disseminate any opinion they like.


Kleptocracy is a government whose corrupt leaders use political power to appropriate the wealth of their nation, typically by embezzling or misusing  government funds at the expense of the wider population.

Kleptocrats are rulers who implement highly inefficient economic policies, expropriate the wealth of citizens, and use the proceeds for their own glorification or consumption.

Lebanon is a classic case of kleptocratic government – corruption in Lebanon takes the form of the political elite. Corruption in Lebanon has old roots …

Lebanon – Chopping the State Tree
An aerial view shows the massive damage at Beirut port’s grain silos (C) and the area around it on August 5, 2020, one day after a massive explosion hit the harbour in the heart of the Lebanese capital. – Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Police and forensic officers work at the scene of an explosion which took place at the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on 5 August 2020. – . (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)

The Palace of my Beloved

I will build for you each night
A palace luminous
With whole blocks of emerald
And diamond stones.
Shall it be skyblue as your eyes,
Or green as your wishes:
Be, and the palace too shall be.

Said Akl is a Lebanese poet