Academic journal article Chicago Review

Debouchment as a Form of Stereognosis

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Debouchment as a Form of Stereognosis

Article excerpt

& each of us as orphans, factory-made & approved

by the soft blossoms

of aerial warfare

sang beautifully on the windowsill-size stage.

I wanted to kneel & wash their tiny, soiled hands

until a crimson light, pink & flickering, shone

between their eyes, from their eyes, health.

But the rules of the asylum strictly prohibited

any gesture, however loving, that might lead

to inscription. Birds began to land

at the exact speed my mind wandered. He'd

been making a video of himself typing

as a way to make what he was typing

real. The soft blossoms, for instance,

are only soft if seen from the prerecorded distance

of the evening news. & then the seed

on the windowsill disappeared

& with it, the birds, save for one

who kept returning, desperate, convinced

a small grain of blonde millet remained.

At least the bird's brain was focused

on something, something precisely the size of its brain. …

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