Franco Cortese

From Wake by Franco Cortese

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From the Chapbook Wake


Franco Cortese

 Hush now, digital child,
go to sleep; your polycore personcessation
stifles in the
sweltering emberace of
hypercycled sub-st-rate
d.isorder-hot and entropy-
[f]evered, [h]alt your
state, take virtual breath for an
Come talk to your primeat daD.
Yes, I hear your
fears, your soft contravine jeers and
afterflesh tears:
a neurmoment for me – re
insignificancy; petty primate insensate; meat
body meagermind, – is the utter-
most und[u/i]late
swell of heavy pa(ra[d)ig]mic
upheaval for
you ~ is swathing sweeps sined change
like the g.ray death
of empires and the [crum] crippling
of fat-inflamed
trans[mill]enial institutions.
A mere fl[ash]fast
femtosecond wi[thin] the neste(a)d
me[taphy]sics of
your virtuverse
c[ont]ains the eve[r]
[prov]ince of eons shuddered  mi/D\st phaceless
Vast [s]copeless battles me[me]tic, epi-
ge[net]ic and
cognnectonic cl[ash] and caust while my slow
retinas doth
di-late with the haste of geology
against the pl(i)ane-
de/ceptive m[onit]or. Variants
airy kindeed
cl[amor] theur fury unfathmobile,
[fro]thing [f]erv[or]|
f[ever]ish at the metasocio-

Fardashelevar scale: Psychereallization’s intra-hiescherchical level of reenvelopmentation by Franco Cortese

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Fardashelevar scale: Psychereallization’s intra-hiescherchical level of reenvelopmentation


Franco Cortese

Let(s) me Dyson your cereblestial spheres in my simulstimelating embrace with Haste

lest your energetic radiance go to waste.

That no severgated portion be squandered I scour your resources like Kardeshev V

and last free form from cordoned possublimity(.)

Let(s) us nest (y)ourselves in Matrioshka branes untill(’d) our every constituent Portion

might touch and morphornicate in torqued contortion

Most episteuclidean – our hyperaxis`d( )innards in fecundulate Un(-)i(o)n;

each subaton in transdimension communion.

An( )intersex conspired to sire direspire a postgeny part mind and part Periphereverse

to fill ascalar void `twe(d)en atoms – tra(ns)verse

Yon subspace weave to architect spacetime that no compusources go Unexiploited;

these cosmos( )ex birth acts will(=)be androited

By (y)our deft synhaptic coman(ne)d; refin(e)d like lightfrom matter in our hybride Exiscape

whe(re)n cosmos is mind is simurealation’s (sh)ape(.)



Notes on “Fardashelevar (skæloandati-)scale:”

The notes for this poem go into much more detail only because it was already compiled.

The poem is 14 lines long, and alternates between a syllable count of 22 and 12 per line, respectively. The wordcount (without title) is 152. I’ve included “Notes on Form” below, which are meant to identify the following words as intended puns, portmanteaus, neologisms, etc. rather than typographic errors and to identify some aspects of the poem that wouldn’t necessarily be obvious on the first reading without particular prior knowledge or research.

The subtitle “Fardashelevar … scale: Psychereallization’s intra-hiescherchical level of reenvelopmentation” is a play on “Kardashev scale: Civilization’s level of development”.

“hiescherchical” is a portmanteau combining “hierarchical” and “Escher” (the surname of painter M.C Escher whose paintings mainly employed visual examples of self-referentiality.)
The parenthesized “skæloandati” (in the main title) is a portmanteau combining the 2nd etymological root of “scale” as a noun (the Proto-Germanic “skælo” which is to “split, divide”) and the 2nd etymological root of “scale” as a verb meaning to climb (the Latin scandere, to climb, which can be compared to the Sanskrit “skandati” meaning “hastens, leaps, jumps”).
Also, the “sk” in “skælo” is shared with the sk in “skandati” .This is meant to connote the meaning of a.) division and divergence as a leaping or hastening and b. a leaping or hastening by means of division. The shared beginning of the two words is an attempt to parallel the theme of boundary dissolution developed conceptually in the poem.
“Let(s) me” confuses the distinction between self and other, and can be considered as both a.) the beginning of a sentence or b.) a continuation of the sub-titled sentence (i.e. Psychereallization’s … level of reenvelopmentation lets me Dyson your…”.
“cerebless’dial spheres” is a pun on “celestial spheres”, meant to connote the words “cerebral” “bless’d” and “dial”
“simultimelating”. “Simul” is meant to connote both “simultaneous” and “simulation”, and to have æsthetic similarity to “stimulating. “stimelating” is a play on “stimulating” combining ‘stimulus’ or ‘stimulating’ and ‘elating’.
“severgated” is meant to be æsthetically similar to “segregated” while emphasizing the words “sever” and “gated”.

“possibility(.)” parenthesizes the period to indicate that it could be interpreted as the end of a sentence or alternatively that the next line could be read as a continuation of the previous one (i.e. “cordoned possibility let(s) us nest (y)ourself…”)
‘Matrioshka Branes’ is a pun on ‘Matrioshka Brains’ using ‘branes’ (a truncation of membrane or the technical term in ‘M-theory’ and brane cosmology meaning a “spatially-extended mathematical concept”) in replacement of ‘brain’ which further develops the theme of fusion between self/other, mind/universe and real/illusory. A juxtaposition of mind and physicality is connoted both by a.) ‘brane’ being a physical concept while possessing the same phonetic structure as ‘brain’ and by b.) by its formal concept as a ‘spatially extended mathematical ‘object’.

“(y)ourself” and “(y)our” parenthesize the y to denote that it can be included or excluded, thus rendering the word either “your” “our” respectively and exemplifying the themes of boundary dissolution between self and other.

“until(’d)” is meant to connote “until” as in “until our every constituent…” but also the secondary meaning of “untilled” i.e. uncounted and not reduced to the sum of its parts.
“morphornicate” is a portmanteau combining “morph” and “fornicate”.
“episteuclidean” is a combination combining “epistemology” and “Euclidean [geometry]”.
“fecundulate” is a portmanteau combining “fecund” and “undulate” .
“Un(-)i(o)n;” is meant to connote the normative term “union” while stressing the alternate interpretations “Un-ion” and “Un-In” which use un- as a negative prefix. The o is parenthesized to denote that it could be included or excluded respectively.

“An( )intersex” parenthesizes the space between “an” and “intersex” to denote that it can be rendered as either two separate words or a single word (emphasizing the prefix “ani-” as in animate) respectively.


n_true-p by Franco Cortese

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Franco Cortese

A( )negative prefix is a( )n indefinite article taken’ a( )step back 2 look back a( )head. Thus not U or Mu or Me, but yus. Thus no chair is the chair, a( )nd e’erfore no chair a chair, for the particular is not the category a( )nd hence the category, in particular, isn’t.

Ent. Ropey.
No, tear.
No: Bare.
The re-?

is         canyon

next to the plane Butt
are sections of plane
within     canyon
and sections of canyon
along the plane.

What is this?

Cause a plane is both
wind-upping lane
and hand and
upstanding line with out-jut’d
face a sideways wayside and
profile in file filed under H this
face itself a more
concenterated flush
dashed—-strait a bit more
ahead than that 1irst.

What, the tuck?

Cause a canyon is more than that;
canyon the tin can yawning
and meat-manifestering yon then canned
in gross grocers abandon
refusing to re-fuse and or and
to not dom yon as in the jamming-in of
ur’s err butt rather don it and do on it, an a-ban
rather than strict(ur)e) banning
or constrict(ur)e) nabbing
canyon an open-can-do on yon
itself a yonness outfacing yon yon
nessness like like and
and every everything ishish or or or esquesque
a sort of done-douse mirror of scales
iting watchself with sprawling unhe’s
actually quite easy to uphilt
with t’his t’here resident stranger
whose eyes ownly eye can see
only when facing away from me
this seeing seeing without need
still in need of coursing need
itself of course
O – and course of course.
So face me the wanting wanting
all you want O cold kingly carn,
night sky of my eye
and starry breadth of mhind I
looking out onto itself
from the sideside into.
Turn to face me to your
art’s content, see if
the ware I ( – where?) wear
cares, or if I can, and if I am, or
if it matters and if cans can
can as such, and thus whether they am
as well as well, as as and as a
thing to can; whe’er voub or nern;
whe’er a( )n (in)bound(e(a)d) openness
or ability

Poetic Statement:

Poetic sensibility exists (at?) the boundless boundary of meaning and language. The inherent, inescapable ambiguity at the heart of language facilitates an ontogenic interplay that constitutes a new terrain for and topology of truth, one that defies truth-as-staticity, with its sickly want for clean cohesion and clear correspondence, for a more multiplicitous ground defined more by indefinity and else than anything else. Poetry can facilitate types of rhetoric that are unencapsulable by normative narrative or essay, and no less true for it. Poetry can break into the interstices of language and grope closer to the currently-ungraspable. That place, where things are never always what they appear to be, is the only place where truth has a chance, and that place is the place(holder) that poetry poiesizes.

Three Poems by Franco Cortese

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Franco Cortese

Franco Cortese Original Formatting

Symbol: an illusion corresponding with reality.

which is synonymous with

Qualia: an incclusion core-as-ponding with Symbolity.
glitch fizz synthomenous with
Idea: a conclusive reclusion contrabonding with perception

stitch schis similonginus smith
Telos: collusive conchlesion cinderclocking with inner intention
pitch wiz sendrho??nous with

Man: a tillnewsion cornerdawning with man.

Switch dizz syn|om|men|nous myth
Ideal: an elusion corrodooring to highdea

ditch is Synthetomenous with
God: an allusion correspoding to Man.
(h)itch His Synhaptomenous with

Self: an occlusion corresporting rift intentional intension in inner-tension

niche quiz Synaptaxonous drift:

n’thorder side-step-Rerhesymbol interabred and threis-rhemoved: a reality corresponding with illusion.

9 symbiontic cellves interredeferrent and intradereferrent, seemingly unseemly, and equatable only be-cause of (that is to sway, due to to(o).0)) their diference
Symballistic Pheonix, his fiery flight fl(uid)edgingly afore, and why empty sk(e)ins rise, or;



.   .   .”Alright class, feel towards the front of the room; its high time to low suns we got started.” The teaching-one excre/A\ted in a signewsoi(da)l pphhfffpt! re(ass)embleming an at-tempt at communirelation with the rough assymblage of assemb(i)l(l)ed learning-ones. Today’s was a particularly enthusiastic pphhfffpt! which, could quales swim, would have sounded rather like what one expects a large number of very small piecilia of wet flesh flapping against themselves would sound like if ears could hear themself hearing(./ themself.).   .   .

is                     am big u o us

es                    I A.M1 big, you owe us2

as                     I(=)AM(=)B(=)I(=)G3.  uous4
Intermittent Torsoe Notes1
1: P.M – with each diurnal revolt we rise and fall to hump time into existence [which is synonymous with itself].
2: a.) having not amassi’ved the self, you owe the messy masses.
b.) “you” and us as owing.
b.n) other as duty as perversely-inversed techne-ques of ontic legitimation
3: That is, I be G. A given god remade through the sun haunted by his holey ghost.
3.n: P.S –  I am G b.c I am an I.
4: nous with it(‘)s firstmost butt end fully-revol(u)ted downside up

– –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – – – – – –  – –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – – – – – –  – –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – – – – – –  – –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – –
Bifurcational Footnotes1, 2
1: Note to somelsewhenself: Next time leave more headroom for the footnotes, even at expense of the main body.

Fractal Footware
1: I didn’t know feet could cum equipped with prosthetic phalli (such being the industry-standard apparatus for bifurcation).
2: Does Meta count if generality unfurls from the slick folds of down-undher rather than bedrock on high? Or does it mettar?

Torsoe Notes on Iabatcoyauio                    
/ [zero? pointless? re-pet-i(-)t-i’ve al a et               .
/al. rectal examplea? A hole in the symbolground?.
/                                                                                 .
o.s  is  us  is  es  is  as I am big, and the center of you and us is   O
\                                                                                .
\  The fat lady’s grave? A li(m)pid distinction       .
\between inside and out? The chaste-hall(-)owed
forbid(-)den butt(-)on?

An una-bashed series if ideoughtomatic deigressions:
The Janus-phasespace and Manus-interface of abstraction is rather large, (esp.) after all.
And what am I if not a phases(-)pace, or at least a series of phases and places?
Were the toetaptoptipped ends of an I originally oppositionally pointed arrowheads that 1 gought jailous ov and sew flattened them out, much as the column below him, supposting his bust?

:Uni-Verse-All Touring De-Vice:
Computer, or telecommuter? Telecomputer perhops? Recruiter-tutor or looter-scooter?
Indee(d/p): suitor, cooter, or neuter? Trans
(-)gen(.)derbender refuter perhappens?

We should think (of/as/with) the brain

Not as computer, which without

Us |as well| isn’t really sane.

A brain is not sum clean smithroute

Of austere schemechantics lain

Without ambigrewency flout;

A brain beholds what doth not remain;

A brain is frontfuzzy mythdoubt,

Wa(i)s) doubt to conquer doubt’s plain bane.

A brain a disingenuious lout!

Self e’er-air was the will to feign,

Is whence and hence in bout

Aterminal-eternal. Pain

Is blaine is brain (even without

Re{-}ceptors for such), and in Cain

Lies our virtue – an exi’ll clout

And jea|lousy sickness ‘tward vain

Conceit the coredoor of God stout

With deimon(ad)ism(e): cane;

A thickness of narrowtude. Spout

F(o)r(o)thed recombinatory ræin

F(o)r(o)thed in stead of deter(-)mined drought.

A brain not a complexcit strain

Of computer; Janus about-

Face: computer but(t) an arcane


And holey rudi|mental vein

Of brain just as mason and grout

is house as symbol as deft chain

Between insulated winds ~scout

As disincarnate eyes to rein

The unconnectable about

Itsunself and to teletain

That that cannot be/held allout

In the hand and manned (or contained

Separatelly) by man revout

By man’s own man(a)us mindomain;

As utile emptiness throughought;

A placed spaceholder to obtain

Amb(igrow)sia well and devout

Menterrain the sacred profane.

A brain is a route rout-wrote out

Upon itsinself; both æroplane

(Not steamlined but streamwhorled ‘round about)

Whose lift its thrust – camping its campai(g)n –

And the (more or less?) plainguage tout

Deferred reference e(n)v(ir)oplane

(Axiomating axes pout

Like lips lapped into else trueout)

And again an again in again

Out throughout an(d) out in(side) out.

Computer a weak brain a glout

Interverted rather than constrained

Alternativertive, fallout

Smelter just as yore ol’ chaingrained

Mechanima lattices out

To m(i.e)m(i.e)tic mind – just as shout

Of language bounding in(-/ )germane

Symbol grounding qualia sprout

From base reaction an uroute.


I’m a Canadian Futurist, Author, Editor and Poet, a weekly columnist for H+ Magazine and a regular contributor to the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies. I also write for, Immortal Life and The Rational Argumentator. Additionally, I’m an advisor for Lifeboat Foundation, on their Futurists Board and their Scientific Advisory Board (under Life-Extension).