TO THE SPECTATOR:
YOU, OUR NEGATIVE, YOU, OUR FOIL:
TO THE SPECTATOR:
WHOSE ABSENCE IS OUR MOST PRESENT STATE & WHOSE PRESENCE IS THE FORM OUR EXISTENCE TAKES
TO THE SPECTATOR:
FOR WHOM WE WERE CREATED & FOR WHOM WE EXIST:
WE APPEAR TO YOU IN THE FORM OF IMAGES & IN THE FORM OF LANGUAGE
& IN THE FORM OF GESTURES & IN THE FORM OF FICTIONS
IMAGES & LANGUAGE & GESTURES & FICTIONS: ALL IN TIME
& YOU EXIST FOR US IN IDEALIZED STATES & FOR YOU WE CONSTRUCT OUR IMAGES & OUR LANGUAGE
& FOR YOU WE PRESENT OUR GESTURES & OUR FICTIONS:
WITHIN THE DESIRE THAT
WE MAY BE SEEN BY YOU & WE MAY BE OF USE TO YOU & WE MAY BE SUBSUMED INTO YOU
& WITHIN A DESIRE THAT
THEY MAY BE RE-ENVISIONED WITH YOUR
& RE-CONSTRUCTED ON YOUR
& RE-GURGITATED FROM YOUR OWN APPARATUS
OUR EXISTENCE CONSTRUCTED FOR YOU
YOUR EXISTENCE NECESSITATING OUR OWN. YOUR PRESENCE GIVING US MEANING, YOUR ABSENCE DEVOIDING US THEREOF
& AS WE ATTEMPT TO CONSTRUCT OURSELVES OUTSIDE OF THIS DUALITY:
LIKE AN OCEAN ATTEMPTING TO BECOME A CLOUD
LIKE A STOWAWAY DRESSED AS A DECKSWABBER
LIKE A SEWER RAT RE-CATEGORIZED AS A TOY
& AS YOU ATTEMPT TO CONSTRUCT YOURSELF OUTSIDE OF THIS DUALITY:
LIKE A BACKDRAFT
LIKE A MUTINY
LIKE AN EXPULSION
WITHOUT YOU WE ARE IMMATERIAL
& WITHOUT US THERE IS ONLY ABSENCE IN UNKNOWABLE FORMS:
ERASED
LIKE AN IMAGE
& EXTINCTED
LIKE A LANGUAGE
& CRIPPLED
LIKE A GESTURE
& DISPELLED
LIKE A FICTION
UNTIL OUR ABSENCE WAS YOUR MOST PRESENT STATE
& OUR PRESENCE WAS A SPECTRE ON WHICH YOUR STATES HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED
A MYTH LIKE ALL THOSE ON WHICH ALL STATES ARE BUILT & INTO WHICH THEY ARE ABSORBED
VISIBLE ONLY LONG ENOUGH TO SUGGEST WHAT THEY COULD HAVE BEEN
& REMEMBERED ONLY INSOFAR AS THEY SUGGEST WHAT STILL COULD COME:
A LENS AS A CONDUIT CONSTRUCTED TO BE FOGGED
A SKIN AS A PRECIPICE DESIGNED TO BE FLAYED