Eight Intrusions: Violence

2: Violence

Written on July 1, 2017. “Violence” is the second part in a series of eight. All images in the sequence originally captured at Yosemite National Park.

The project is perpetually rethinking
the project / the project is doubt
– Stephen Collis, “First Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written” (above/ground, 2017)

it reaches
for it
for all

augmented
trapped
beneath
concrete
and wire

mercy

memory
it comes
like light
doesn’t wait
for sleep

while we sit
while we think
I . . .

for you
for your heart

rising
the foretold
impressions
a language
repeating
itself

flailing

later then
weighted
building
skeletons
out of others
the other
skeletons

binding
bound
chains
chained
I . . .

for me
for my days

skinless and
less soft
than memory
flayed

animations
fractured

turning of ritual
envisioning clearings

bloodless

cleared
covered
in ash
a murder
through lash

intruders

voices lean
toward nothing
but
and
for
one
halt
I . . .

for us
for our smoke

the ideas
all of them
evaporate

irradiation

the idea
of a self
mutated

barricades
down again
stay away

mouth
mind
no longer
casual
reliable

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