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She recalled the general pleasantness of the atmospheres during those last moments before she became for them a kind of monster—To refuse to return to the next—she was a misfit in domestic service—a crisis of expectations
She should have been a grenadier or a countess—Insert immanence going through the hall to answer the door—It was found he had access to money—She was a procession—humanity in disdainful movement—unassuming right and left contemplation—A world of people going into space—and at any moment might have the bad manners to go up in flames—Heels out between us—almost enough to make dangerous a fantastic intensification of everyday people
A hundred song magazines in order to make people attend—Love is a lavish language—Love is a huntress song—To his philosophy of astonishingness a bill of goods—The astonishingness of doors opening when you push them—It was going to be this sweater—She had spoken firmly from the context of her private speculations—Lots of big big revolution behind my eyes—one long moment of attention
The book made an emotion of the lost territory
(for and after Bhanu Kapil, Dorothy Richardson)
There he stood a comfort and a reproach the event of the border. How powerfully the future flows into the present. How to translate migration into the work of the line. And how on entering on experience one is already beyond it so that most occasions are imperfect save before and afterwards.
The border is unintelligible and only at the price of solitude. Rewriting in neomuscular terms as gesture. Perhaps everyone has a definite thought rhythm and speech. If we breathe long enough ashes in some kind of motion. Rhythm which cannot be violated without producing self-consciousness and discomfort. Continual migration molecular. The whole process is strange
strange and secret.
Always a mystery and an absence from which one returns to find life a little further on. The Mansion of Happiness. When the new volume arrives in its parcel inflamed one has to endure the pang of farewell to current life.
There is sound and there is needlepoint in their midst threatening like a packet of explosives. Every piece has a womb a woman tied to a tree. Serbia to Pakistan. To open the book and to the monster is to begin life anew cyborg with eternity in hand. You need the group to tell you the appearance of alien elements of quotations and gleaning of facts. To surround you with the empty
to hold you in place at last rising from a crowd of problems.
Lips smacked everyday at the centre of which stands the specter of one’s own ignorance. All girls are sewing giant dresses. Nothing to hold to but a half-accepted doctrine. Threading film being versus becoming. Becoming versus being. Some use sequins to reform the domestic. It is certain that becoming depends on being. Are the “classics” just a life revealed. Perhaps in the end things like beloved backgrounds are people it was difficult. I’m next to the pantry. The night was difficult for them.
An equally deedy female
She gathered up the scattered sheets
a non-geometrical attempt to supply information
about what was far and what was important
bringing it down into life
and illustrating its operation there was good
it was more like an expressionist portrait than an identification photo
Perhaps this was a turning point
leaving panic behind
It was for sinners not navigators
these cupboards full of ranged freshly-labeled bottles
the distance from Oberland to Jerusalem
a ruler across a map
Drawers of stored materials
newly sorted and listed
turned each way and each way is undone
the multitude of charts and the many accounts
affect and atmosphere
the presentation so annotated and tabulated
Her successor would relievedly find herself
the sport and spectator of fueled efforts
of a super humanly deedy female
and could be lived up to
Sarah Mangold is the author of Household Mechanics (New Issues) and the chapbooks Parlor (dusie kollektiv), Picture of the Basket (dusie kollektiv), Boxer Rebellion (g o n g), and Blood Substitutes (Potes & Poets Press). New work can be found in Action Yes!, Little Red Leaves, Court Green, and Handsome. She lives in Edmonds, Washington.