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the loss of the creature is immediate. immediately separated from it’s owner. separate from the place where object + idea collide.
“it is the port key to the story”
someone in the vastness of that city
there/s something between the verbal and visual image that is crucially different. There/s something you know when you/re tired and haven/t eaten, haven/t slept, and when you look at something, and you feel immediately, the impending “rush of what is beautiful”. I don’t know what that is or what you might call that but it’s a feeling and you know it but you forget.
Dara said something recently like:
“poems can be unexplainable entities
which give us a glimpse +
practice dealing with the
unexplainable in life.”
I think there is something so immediately unexplainable about this image.
call it instinct. call it echolocation. call it love. I don’t know. But know that
I know that it is something, not nothing, unexplainable, but something,
extravagant, like a ball or masquerade in an empty silo.
Photo: MIKE CIECIERSKI
Mike Ciecierski lives in Hoboken, nj. He writes poems and works in television.
curator: a l H I L L
1 UNIMPORTANT NOTES
2 so much of art is curatorial. You grab things off the sidewalk,
3 scavenge for flowers in the trash. Pick them up Beautiful Losers, like objects on the street—it makes it about
4 someone else. And they’re talented and smart, just like you are brilliantAnd I don’t know truly what it is
5 but it’s a feeling you get when
6 it’s raining. And I don’t know
7 what to call it but call it instinct.
8 call it echolocation. call it love.
But only in medium. I think you can say the same for all art
2014-10-14 The Nervous System Colleen Louise Barry Route 9 dreaming Illustration poem comic for a minute there colored pencils sleeping on a bed of blooming
2014-10-06 The Nervous System Route 9 Colleen Louise Barry Robert Lax Illustration poetry-comic colored pencils indeterminancy indecision yes no