Academic journal article Field

Reunion of the Class of the Past

Academic journal article Field

Reunion of the Class of the Past

Article excerpt

When the bell rings we're in a room on one side of the corridor

facing the other side,

face to face,

as if we're looking for each other,

what I like about rooms is that they're re-used or re-occupied, as long

as there's a room you can return to it

like a kind of perspective that allows you to disappear gradually.

And the board,

as long as there's a board you can erase everything,

knocking the erasers together like a kind of applause,

everything that's written is a cloud of white dust.

We're moving our lips together,

breathing in

and not breathing out,

touching each other,

not physically,

that's not what I mean,

I think there's some detention involved,

the clock on the wall has stopped, the hands flattened against the

wall like espalier or single plane training,

I mean if you think of it as a ship

it's still unloading.

Sometimes we split into groups the way you take something apart in

order to put it back together again,

not abandoning each other,

not at all,

we're still passing notes,

the ones we left inside. …

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