"The morning / dew / is alien cum": David Applegate on Dan Hoy

by on Dec.16, 2012

[David Applegate, frequent commentor of this site and maker of strange music, wrote this piece about Montevidayoan Dan Hoy:]

“Revelations & Confessions: Blood Work Volume II” by Dan Hoy, an occult science-fiction chapbook

Dan Hoy’s new chapbook “Revelations & Confessions: Blood Work Volume II” from Slim Princess Holdings introduces so many ideas, it seem to overflow its short length.  Thoughts on sexuality, technology, pornography, and free will explode from its thirty-three pages.  Taking the pulp science-fiction trope of aliens versus humans as its central conceit, the chapbook follows a narrative arc which begins with the invention and subjugation of the human race by aliens and culminates with the reclamation of human autonomy.  In the opening poem, Hoy writes: “Aliens / invent human beings / out of aliens / and fuck them.” A few poems later: “People are… / forced to fuck each other” as sex slaves under alien authority.  When we arrive at: “The morning / dew / is alien cum / on my face” it becomes clear the aliens are functioning in these poems as a metaphor for nature at large; the nature which invents human beings out of itself and lays them low by imbuing them with a sexuality which appears, at first, as a degraded drive which can only lead to misery.


Even as raw sexuality is exploited by the aliens, it is mediated through technology.  “My technology / is fucked.”  It’s too easy to read these lines, which are alone on a page, as a vernacular expression of angst.  Hoy uses “fucked” as a technical term, the technology has been copulated.  This becomes apparent when we read: “The best technology / if you want / to rule Earth / is blood. / Humans / have the best technology.” The human technology of blood is fucked, copulated, the human drive to reproduce is insatiable: “Fucking creates lives.”  The aliens attempt to thwart human reproduction at every turn.  “They fondle us. / They make us cum hard / enough.”  Hard enough for the human to avoid recourse to their “best technology” of blood and reproduction.  “Aliens / are eating pussy.”  And likewise: “The future / of Earth / makes me / cum all over / their tiny alien hands.”  Sexual stimulation and orgasm achieved through interaction with the aliens is not productive and takes place exclusively in the sphere of the alien dominating the human.  

This situation gives rise to several poems in which the human begins to experience a kind of disgust with sexuality and a drive toward self-exploitation.    “Imagine / impossible sex.”  The injunction to imagine the impossible, or limit, of sex seems brought about by the abuses of the aliens and a futile wish for the sexual drive to dissipate or transform into something wholly other.  A bit further on: “I want to sell / video / of me fucking / them raw and / creaming / their blank fake faces.”  The possibility explored here is that sexual autonomy might be reclaimed through the production and sale of pornography, the participation in an economy both abstracted and separate from the economy of copulating bodies.  But the desired escape through technology seems impossible.  “Everything I remember / is an image / on a screen.”  The entirety of human experience is mediated through technology, and all technology which is not the “free blood” of humanity further enslaves the human element to the alien: “A basic primer / on memory / protocols / is what my brain / looks like / to the aliens using it.”  When all memory is an image on a screen, the alien has access to it as a tool to exploit.  Not only does the alien function as an allegory for nature, but for all non-human systems outside the body.  Hoy’s point is that we understand non-human nature as well as we understand the systems we ourselves have created, hardly at all.   

The chapbook’s final section finds the human gaining the upper hand.  “I volunteer / to legislate this / whatever this is / to bring a Law / into being.”  The creative or productive impulse, the “best technology,” takes control of the situation.  In a poem as touching as it is graphic, we find: “The sound of insects / at night / makes me / cum for you.” And its conclusion: “Cum with me.”  As opposed to “morning dew” which is “alien cum,” we now see nature as a force capable of inspiring a desire for mutual sexual pleasure which is “The whole / of the Law.”  The situation remains unknowable (“whatever this is”) but the conditions have improved such that the alien, which truly functions as that which alienates, collapses into a mutual failure to understand rather than an endless play of dominance and submission.  In the concluding poem, the alien is conflated with the human as if to imply all humans are as aliens on this planet, unknown, unknowing, and set apart.  When, in the last lines we read: “Wait / for the signal,” we’re never meant to understand what the signal is or what it might mean.

6 comments for this entry:
  1. Dan Hoy

    David this is a fantastic review, thank you. This is the middle book of a trilogy that for me is really about systems of control, but superficially modeled after Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. The other two books, which are unpublished, swap out the alien trope (the “celestial” section) for angels (“spiritual”) and alchemists (“terrestrial”).

    For anyone curious about the alien abduction phenomenon in general, Budd Hopkins might be a good place to start. Hopkin’s was a New York School artist who popularized the use of hypnotic regression therapy as a legitimate, if problematic, investigative tool for identifying the variables common to alleged abductees, and how the variables have evolved over time, hinting at a larger program of alien infiltration.

    Another good resource is John Mack, Harvard psychiatrist who, inspired by Hopkins, began his own hypnotic investigations, though his studies were more therapeutic in focus. This is an interesting documentary, which you can watch in full on YouTube, following Mack and two of his patients:


  2. Chris Moran

    REVELATIONS & CONFESSIONS is great. I’m really fascinated by the alien abduction experience and I’d recommend checking out some of the material on this website http://hiddenexperience.blogspot.com/ The suggested books list has some really mind blowing stuff, including Jacques Vallee and Whitley Strieber.

  3. David Applegate

    Thanks for the comments!

    Dan, I had no idea you were taking the phenomenon of alien abduction seriously into account. I’d be interested to see if the materials you’re linking to address the psychological component.

    I read your book in a heavily psychological way, thinking especially of Reik’s work on masochism and Jung’s work on individuation. The latter makes sense, especially since you mention you’re planning to flesh out the text with a spiritual and alchemical component.

    As for Reik, I come back to this passage again and again:

    “What the masochist has to say to the ruling forces sounds like slavish submissiveness. It is, however, a scornful ‘no’ to the world of appearances that become dominant. He submits – in order never to yield. He remains in opposition, especially when he is most servilely devoted… Under the mask of the constant “yes man,” he remains the spirit of eternal negation. By fully submitting he remains independent. Humiliated a thousand times, he is inflexible and invincible.”

    I won’t go through that line by line but similar notions seem to go through both the Reik and your “Revelations.”



  4. Dan Hoy

    +1000 that Reik quote. The psychological angle here is 100% insightful, though I do take the abduction phenomenon more seriously than not seriously. I couldn’t tell you what’s “really” going on, though there’s nothing really that would surprise me — extra-terrestrial aliens, extra-dimensional beings, military psy-ops, alien/human inter-breeding, our higher selves in avatar form, some combination of the above or something else entirely. But there are enough obscure commonalities (I feel) in the narratives to suggest a larger, extra-textual narrative, whatever it is, rather than it simply all being “in their heads”. But I’m less interested in “the truth” than I am in the implications of it. In other words my interest in it is driven by my interest in power and control, systemic, interpersonal, intrapersonal.

  5. Dan Hoy

    Another interesting possibility is what I’ve seen referred to as “crypto-terrestrials”, i.e. another hominid race that has been living on the Earth in secret (underground? undersea? Antarctica?), for whatever reason. This might explain why the contemporary form of this phenomenon came to prominence in the 50s with the development of nuclear weapons (i.e. they’re apprehensive about the more recent destructive potential of human beings) and why there’s a certain non sequitur, steampunk quality to the phenomenon. Why for example the focus on sperm samples and surrogate pregnancies, and the weird emotional charades and cloying “save the planet” visual propaganda people are forced to sit through? If they wanted to create a hybrid race, couldn’t they just do some gene splicing? In other words, even though they can interface directly with thought and memory, they may not be that advanced technologically in a conventional sense.