they cut down the tree
it took the entire day
they took it all away


Breyanne Claymonde
Brooklin
1996

green spider

Not where I came from
A transit noun
made of motion
energy and nothing
Sending, sending
eddy
fallows
cracking through
never seeding

I belong to the machine that grinds me up
one atom at a time

Aida Features (née Drayer)
The Green Spider, Denver, Colorado, 1963

neither

Lapses that can happen
or
when a word looks strange
I search

nether
adjective
lower, bottom, under

I search

neigh
verb
a horse’s neigh

i search

neither
determiner& pronoun
Not one and not the other of two things; not either


Charlie Ivanovitch Fitzbrennen, Cremona, Italy, 1980

format

A conversation between 4 people

In a room in Mervent en Vendée.
We scoff at the défaut
Drinking pilsner and drawing out
our plans on Monforte labels.

“Une victoire par défaut!”
We scream and crack with laughter.
Overheard by cassette recorder -
a container that fails to preserve.

Dear content,
you will outpace invisible templates.
Render aporia
an outline of infra_legible code.

Many attempts do not.
But flatten, lift and flatten.
Flatten, lift
and flatten more.

A cutting
performs new site
claiming another surface
in visible detail.

To choose is not a playable verb.
It is a number for measure.
Lining up in tenses
all passed over.

Will a method actor
please perform from memory
The Resistance of that Limit?
That limit.
That limit.
That one.
That one.
That one.
That one.
That one.

(Scall Winters, 1996)

tense

This what it feels like to be a change in tense



Imagine yourself in a well-known 1970s cartoon. Characters run before a looping backdrop only to arrive in refreshed surroundings where nothing of the loop remains. Horizontal lines become vertical. Rocks become trees. Dark becomes light. Flight becomes stillness. Cue music.

(Ponty Millos, 1991)