By Gonzalo Arango
Translated from the Spanish by Jared Demick
The clearest definition of Nadaísmo would be: Nadaísmo is a mystery, and like all mysteries, it’s inexplicable. For those logical spirits who can’t believe without knowing, we offer those skeptics this cluster of definitions, so that everyone, according to their physiological & spiritual needs, selects the one that best suits their salvation:
Nadaísmo is a psychiatry applying insulin shocks to the Virgin of the Miracles.
Nadaísmo is a flower with a socialist sensibility.
Nadaísmo is an astronaut jumping off 10 stories to protest the earth’s dogmatic gravity.
Nadaísmo is a rocket competing with thunder to see who arrives first at the Bay of Silence.
Nadaísmo is the communism of free. . . love.
Nadaísmo is a racing atom sinking Rimbaud’s drunken boat.
Nadaísmo is like God, therefore it exists and nobody knows what it is.
Question: What is the end of Nadaísmo? Answer: Nadaísmo has no end because it’s infinite. If Nadaísmo had an end, it already would be over.
For the Nadaístas literature is not work, only play.
Nadaísmo is putting on its shirt to be alive.
Nadaísmo is a pessimism that affirms its faith in the Cape of Good Hope.
Nadaísmo is a Chinese regiment invading the Promised Land to plant rice.
Nadaísmo is the champion featherweight in literature.
Nadaísmo is a space rocket landing on Brigitte Bardot’s mons venus.
Nadaísmo is the metaphysics of boredom: “I smoke therefore I exist.”
Critics say we’re not rooted in the earth & they’re right.
Nadaístas are rooted in the cosmos. Now nobody has the right to be over us, not even the sky!
Nadaístas love revolution, even if the revolution kills us or puts us to work.