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Juliana Spahr - Responding



This is a place without a terrain a government that always

          changes an unstable language. Even buildings disappear

          from day to day.


[gendered pronoun] wanders in this place




the condition of unbearableness is the constant state of mind

            for all occupants


we read all day in the village square during the rule of [name

          of major historical figure] a book that is so subtle


                                                   [its political content goes unnoticed


what is political content?


                                                          [the question or the statement


[gender pronoun] creates


                                        [a reader culture


                                        [generic plural pronoun] prefer both




realism's authenticities are not the question


the question [role of art in the State


we know art is fundamental to the [New State] as is evidenced

         in village scenes, majestic ancient views, masses and

         masses of [generic human figures] marching in columns,

         swords coded as plowshares, image as spectacle


we kn0w [name of city], [adjective], [name of major composer]

to recode [reduce] it: Linz, ambiguous, Wagner


we know [name of major historical figure] calls, authentically,

         for a more total, more radical war than we can even

         dream in the language of the avant-garde


we know a commercial promises to reduce plaque more

         effectively in this same tone


but sometimes we exceed even our own expectations to

          surprise even ourselves


something encloses the impossible in a fable


an unreal world called real because it is so heavily metaphoric


we can't keep our fingers of connection out of it




it is a ride in the country, the car crowded with children

                                                   [each child represents a different

                                                              ethnicity of [name of nation]


it is a moment of standing with light resonating around [major

          historical figure


it is a guiding of the child towards the right path


it is a picnic in a field, the spread is bountiful

[the spread of [name of nation] is represented through the

          arrangement of food on the checkered tablecloth


it is [name of major historical figure]'s Art Collection:

           figure after figure

           each carries spears, lunges, draws the arm back to pull

                   tight the bow


a ruined plaza has a [gendered human form] at its en



a [generic child] draws a sword under the guidance of

[generic possessive pronoun] [honorific denoting repro-

ductive role]


a [generic human form] raises [generic pronoun] arms and

four horses turn away


another plays a lute


an eagle holds a symbol


fake [name of nation used as an adjective] heads




while the end of lunacy in art was explicit in [name of major

         historical figure]'s rhetoric


while when nation turns to art, art loses its divergence


while the [generic human figures] come back from war, their

         legs in fog


while a [generic human figure] sculpts, small against the

          expanse of marble, giving into the monumental human

          form that symbolizes eugenic possibilities


while another [generic human figure] pedantically draws

          postcards of village centers, operas, mountain vistas


while overwhelmed by an opera [name of major historical 

          figure] plans genocide




we know we respond resistantly as faked children's books of

         realist adventure tales have turned into military instruc-

         tion manuals



or [name of major historical figure] hails a cab, [generic

          possessive human pronoun] hand raised here, beckoning

          as the red flag with [name of fast food chain] waves

          behind [generic human pronoun] and the red star on top  

          of the [name of cultural landmark in major city] twinkles.



many people raise their hands for different purposes all day




we are always waiting for our cab to come




the question here is the same as that of a relationship

where does art define our vocabulary?


the margin declares



[it is impossible to speak about something



it is only possible to speak beside it











                                          [a film with a voice-over of nonsense


to act in the unsecular forbidden margins [claims a certain





                         [generic human pronoun] cast a colonizing eye



a scripture of space / a place where





a [generic human form] twists in space

                                                               [follow this body]


getting you to recognize yourself in [generic possessive

           pronoun] work




                                                                                    [is kidnapping]


in the space of this question some emigrate or lapse into total





some co-opt this language and paint a series of meticulous and 

          beautifully colored monumental images of people impris-

          oned and alone at the edge of a tedious despair




some [refigure [refuse] respond] call out for an end




rewritten, the goal of the artist is to prevent reality in a true and

            concrete manner






[generic human figure] claims I can get more information at

         home than by going to the war scene




what [generic pronoun] sees is [gendered naked bodies] in

          news photos—dead bodies, discarded bodies, junk




i  saw  this written on the bottom




                                                                                 [a way of testimony



the poverty of image among the people of [name of nation]



the continual increase in the amount of image a viewer can



                                                        [who went to [name of nation?



returning again and again to images of torture


covert activities depicted              [blown up


                                                                                   [to show power


                                                              details of photographs

                                                              or Xerox degradations

                                                              of photos on Duraclear

                                                              hang loose are

                                                              vulnerable and

                                                              fragmentary and

                                                              images are seen

                                                              through images and/or





[call this]

                the fate of Madame Bovery, the fate of Anna Karenina


A dog with a [generic human face] has slogans coming out 

          of its mouth as angels hold its head back suckle at its





taped to a [gendered hand, adorned with ring] is a photo-

         graph of [gendered naked torso], gagged




[generic human figure] infects computerized images with

           digitized viruses and then transfers them to canvas with

           a robotic device





                                                   [possible responses to what is seen


in [name of nation] at another time another set of reponses:




a [sexual category withheld] cuts hair and cameras circle

          around and [generic human pronoun] is dragged out of

          the room




another [generic human figure] says passionately we express

          ourselves in a language of regulations. Symbols and

          numbers best convey our ideas




another [generic human figure] makes an enormous painting

           of a massacre victim, mutilated and bloody, and hangs it

           by night on a pedestrian bridge




what a nation gives us is the image in [name of major weekly

          news source] of the [generic human figure] standing

          before the tanks with white flag



[generic pronoun] painted on houses, streets, stones, trees



[generic pronoun] covered [name of island] with strange marks

         in chalk, oil paint, and dye



[generic pronoun] wished to reduce writing to the zero level

         where it is without meaning. When culture invades

         private life on a large scale [generic pronoun] said the

         individual cannot escape being raped



another [generic noun] made a font that was scratched into

         paper by a knife



this font made each letter into a single scratch



[generic pronoun] scratched the other [generic pronoun]'s

         statement on rape into a banner and hung it outside



                                                       [my zero-level writing

                                                       [generic pronoun] said

                                                                           protest rape

                                                       [generic pronoun] said

                                                          my zero-level writing

                                                       [generic pronoun]  said

                                                       dangerous cultural rape

                                                       [generic pronoun]  said

                                                           my zero-level writing

                                                           my zero-level writing











a voice stutters in the background of our waking mind





[generic possessive pronoun] stutter is our stutter





or it is the way we define our difference?





                                                                                  stutter is nation



beneath an image of human figures the words [you have

          nothing to lose but your chains









                                           at times two voices talk to one another









                                                             [generic human] faces [tired]



we know we are all constructed



when it comes down to it we don't believe it



the social always holds us back



while the ways that we encounter relation are various



we remain



searching [searching



we question, respond




                                                              [deny we [move forward



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