Vivian Rosenthal
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The overlap between
You and you
Are not who you say you are

Even death no longer necessary

Verbalism hidden
Scribbling rhythmic
Nomad deliberate

Capsule necessity

Delirium interprets 
Air and more air

Reflective yanking
Chaos perfect

 
 
 

And so low 
And behold

Plummet the deaths
Masculine in form

The six sides stand at attention
Elevator control 

Nascent tendencies mingle with whispered platitudes
A Pyrrhic victory descends

The slavering soldier, turbid and used
This undulant landscape, obliterated

Undo me
Undo me

Apostasy inevitable
Night descends

 
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Nothing but parallel lines
Looming suppose
Just where the corner
Meets itself
Small physical objects
Converse in hurried tongues

 
 

Snatches of sleep suspended in time fragility
Only banality still interests
Consecrated we do not remember
Only rewrite
Vertical people petrified blue emanates
Meld with flesh
Draping movement
The impermanence of things
Discrete melancholy
Besieged identity mistakes
Orchestral masses

 
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Cities swing between 
Entropy and order
As decisive acts
Become history

Tracing cuts in space
The inevitable demolition

Glimpses of imagined narratives
At 24 frames per second

Office baroque
The semi-circular incision
Of temporary control

The collision of nature and artifice
Inevitable

Synthetic manipulations triumph

Smooth forms beckon us
With the amnesia 
Of desire

Drowning in the destruction
There is no return

 
 
 
 

Surface transparencies 
And dissolving disappearing bodies

Time collapsed elapsed 
I was distracted
A simulation of
And the amplitude of one sound 
Will subtract from the amplitude of the other

Destructive interference
As if i could see myself seeing myself seeing you
Producing dreams already happened
The smooth violence of reconstructed renovated bodies

Erasure of distance
Erasure of distance
Like blank pages, blank pages, nothing but nothing

Disorder collisions and unpredictabilities
Exclusive formula provides 24 hour protection maybe 25
The exhausted female turtle crawls back to the sea 
half—dead
Never sees her offspring
But we did
We did

 
 
 
 
 
 

Remain calm
This is just a test
I repeat
This is just a test

The man collapses on his bed
His forehead wet
The drifting businessman
Too many cities disintegrate into one
The name escapes him

This is just a test
Remain calm
Risking exposure is certain
The particles rain down
A flashback to mist in Tokyo
Snow in New York
Clouds in LA

This isn’t a dream
This is just a test
I repeat
The infection has spreed
His last breath
He tries to remember it
His lungs collapse

We started backwards
Hoping everything was not lost
The desert sand
Could that be gone too
Beautiful, like the experimental vaccines

His hotel floats away
Horses dance around him, smiling like tomorrow

This is just a test
I repeat
This is just a

 
 

Inside the dog
He saw the holy place of celebration

Dorothy Etra, 1977

 
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Snatches of sleep suspended in time fragility
Only banality still interests
Consecrated we do not remember
Only rewrite
Vertical people petrified blue emanates
Meld with flesh
Draping movement
The impermanence of things
Discrete melancholy
Besieged identity mistakes
Orchestral masses

 
 
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Lost forgetting and
Electronic spare parts not afraid of ambiguity
Keep breathing
Laceration memories must make do with 
Their delirium

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Motionless the eye
Disappears within itself
A frontier of nothingness to stray dogs
Who live on the beach with 
Eyes closed
Fur colored dancing
On red and forgets

 
 

Snatches of sleep suspended in time fragility
Only banality still interests
Consecrated we do not remember
Only rewrite
Vertical people petrified blue emanates
Meld with flesh
Draping movement
The impermanence of things
Discrete melancholy
Besieged identity mistakes
Orchestral masses

Lost forgetting and
Electronic spare parts not afraid of ambiguity
Keep breathing
Laceration memories must make do with 
Their delirium

Motionless the eye
Disappears within itself
A frontier of nothingness to stray dogs
Who live on the beach with 
Eyes closed
Fur colored dancing
On red and forgets

 
 
 

Consecrated
We do not remember
Only rewrite

 
 
 
 
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Intersects
Nature ironic
Hybrid iconic and crumbling
Mocked constructed
Or developed
That masculinist dream

Identity partial and ironically non-being
Being modular 
Unmasking 
Domination synthesized another

Protean transformation 
Epidemic mimics
That subject not restored

 
 
 
 

Quiet, breathless
Familiar 
Objects 
Menacing
Home no longer
Waiting room
Railway station
Waiting 
For what
You Know

-Dorothy Etra, 1998