Nomas*Projects invited me to help reflect on the Incarnation with a joint exhibition with conceptual artist David McCulloch. The exhibition is entitled: PROMISES PROMISES.
It is exhibited at 9a Ward Road, Dundee, Scotland from December 1st-31st.
My contribution was an experimentation with writing a ‘concrete’ poem, which is displayed between David’s contribution: two marble squares inscribed (one forward and one reversed) with the legend: ‘WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS ELSEWHERE’.
Here’s the poem:
Too sm- all, too po- or, too eth- nic, too an- cie -nt. So- Ph -ie won’t claim it. The Stab won’t touch it. They can’t see it and refuse other- wise to feel it. Yet it burns like stars on the whorls of their fingers and lingers like a burnt offering in their no- strils and like ash-into-beauty on the -ir tongues. Dig ears to see. Dig eyes to h -ear. Let so- ul cov -er fle -sh lik e s- kin an- d l- ist -en in.
Lovely miniature neighbourhood of night,
just assembled from some titan’s toybox,
lamplit and shrouded in clouds,
tucked snugly in gloom.
Parked cars on sleepy streets,
trees still as stones, driveways tightlipped.
Nodding houses, interior lights winking.
‘Good night, Night!’ she says
from her upstairs open window.
She falls asleep curled into it all,
a ball of love and burning dreams.
[found this on a desktop document – forgot I’d written it, sometime earlier this year]
they thought they were someone they hoped they were someone they imagined they didn’t care at all about whether they were someone or not, only that they made their sound, sounded their unique flesh-mind, just as I watch my fleshy, skin-draped fingers flex slow-motive and metaphysical – what is it? what is it all? how does it coalesce…
thank God for Immanuel! thank God for Immanuel! go ahead, bind and gag, bind and gag. thank God for Immanuel! I’ll shout it through the dirty rag. all the gulfing chasms between us bridged by a yearning star burning near! I’ll die on a choked and muffled praise in my mouth thank God for Immanuel! and you’ll think I begged for my life.