northanger (northanger) wrote,
northanger
northanger

diseases of the eye

This sequence was composed during the course of an email correspondence and remains an on-going project. Each piece is the outcome of numerous promptings and erasures, sorties, advances, feints, overwritings and defacements, pastiches and parodies, rendering a “synoptical” text whose authorship is ultimately anonymous (—in this sense “John Kinsella” and “Louis Armand” function merely as ciphers).

TRIPTYCH: DISEASES OF THE EYE

1. IN ABSENTIA
ex cathedra gegenschein—angling the tain
towards the “inner light”—non est inventus
liability of opposition’s product—
despite alleging
responsibility—slinging
mark after mark, the yet to be written apostate
hand on the holster that nouns paternally (manus patris):
“butter wouldn’t melt in his ...”;
& river pilot navigatingsluices—’cause
you know after all, telekinesis,
it’s better that way, un-
tainted by the look of it, film-wrapped & by the hour
reflecting on the solidly
low temperatures: someone, not you, declares—
as if the epistle needed an objective

2. SELF/PORTRAIT (SOLARISATION)
to the extent that a description goes back to the origins
tries to represent the hackneyed layers of the de-generate
a priori—through morbid reflexes, geothermal, pedantic,
in the virulence of its own phantasms—splitting hairs,
the gauche protest belies the take my point
of it, the internally focussed eye of a mise-en-abyme
where the temples & forehead (bold as heraldry)
have received the electric power of recti-
fication—& “when my face is flushed
with blood it becomes red & obscene” citing dis-
ruption along purely political lines, undercurrents
of dissent—pitt’s tumescence, umbraged, raising the bolgias—
as the floor walked in gestural silence

3. NATURE MORTE WITH ARCANE SUBSTANCE
periphrasis / of the outwardly revolving
not a trace / no longer qv. lixiviate
plenum of forced aspiration ...
introibo ad altare dei / converting
arcane substance via hypostatic union,
eliding metaphysics / who’s been sleeping
in my bed says humor qua heliogabolus
discovering [red dancing shoes?] & formaldehyde,
[the stolen verb of a pentacostal sonnenkind ...?]

[calendar debris] cut-out & overprinted
in margins / erratum / vexed machine
altercating per carotid artery je ne suis pas
l’autodactylograph[ie] / points on a line
in serial declensions of “s is p” algorithmic /
during days when motivation is lacking ...
il faut cultiver notre jardin ...
mandates as the roaring forties
bluster about the point / political justice

vs. rousseau & the thousand & one nights
spent in the coal cellars of this city / ...
conveying practical bodies in sleep
& half-light / geistlich walt disney anima-
tions (aladin’s lamp in countless samizdat
?) / made flesh as [the] carbon type[...]
(“terminates” between quotation marks
the last word before the transcript breaks

Tags: gegenschein, poetry
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