In keeping with the Kala calendar totems, planet names in Kala are semi-elemental.
tsumaku — metal planet — Mercury
nyepaku — cloud planet — Venus
kaya — Earth
tlatsaku — fire planet — Mars
itoku — wood planet — Jupiter
kenaku — circle planet — Saturn
kutanka — eagle planet — Uranus
panaku — rain planet — Neptune
honuku — turtle planet — Pluto
The suffix -ku indicates a planet, or large land area. Mars can also be called ketlaku (red planet). Saturn is named for its rings. Pluto is included but is recognized as a dwarf planet and can be called honuhiku (little turtle planet). The word kaya simply means earth and is taken from Gaia.
I don’t want to travel to the future to see the flying cars, self-replicating pizza, or sex robots…no, I want to go to see the society that has forgotten tribalism, ancient fairy tales, and the entire notion of “us vs them”.
Mister Jablow’s art is the best type of provocative. It forces one to reconsider preconceived notions, mostly about morality and cultural norms.
My favorite example of his work is:
Innocuous enough, until he takes it in a wondrously detailed direction:
Whether his work is a commentary on society, or simply a jab at things commonly thought of as banal, it serves the viewer a helping of introspection, and in doing so pointedly wets one’s appetite for more.
asa kue niuahi amahilo uampe pala ehe tomepak pa’e motohue
life like garden-DIM time-DIM-PL perfect can.be but preserve-ABIL-NEG except.for memory-LOC
ke kanyom yauapatlek uahe yauam kanyopatlek tamaha
O question-PL answer-ABIL-REL-NEG instead.of answer-PL question-ABIL-REL-NEG good-AUG
Better to have unanswerable questions than unquestionable answers.
This is a paraphrase of a Richard Feynman quote.
Don’t give into the temptation to battle wits with an unarmed buffoon.
To anyone that follows this blog, I sincerely apologize for my lack of writing over the last three weeks. I attended a family reunion and started a new job. Those are not meant as excuses, but reasons. My internet access has been minimal and spotty. I assure you, in the weeks and months to come there will be plenty more Kala, poetry, and political ramblings for you to enjoy/ignore/disagree with.
PS: In the meantime, enjoy this: