The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

April 22, 2002


and I'm running on borrowed battery time in pitch-dark west miami... no
posts, nothing, we're emptied, drained of the semblance of life...

ah, miami...

love, alan

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Z

Z-rearrangement of mechano-chemical confusion.
almost imperceptibly, the asteroid began to rotate in the opposite.
at the twenty-five hour mark, the rockets spent their last.
driven by heat, the gears pushed hard in the opposite direction.
enormous rockets would push the engine fast in one direction.
heavy gears engaged the titanium studs and ties.
slowly the asteroid began to rotate against the force of the rockets.
sondheim noticed the gears beginning to saw away at the studs and ties.
soon a day emerged, an earth-year at a time.
the asteroid greeted its new dusks and dawns as the track was dismantled.
the circulation engine resisted tremendous compression.
the circulation engine was constructed on site.
the firing of the rockets now welded to the rails had the desired effect.
the gears cracked and collapsed, welding the engine to the rails.
the narrow-gauge rails circled the entire asteroid.
the rockets kept up their furious pace as the day reached an earth-month.
the rotation of the asteroid slowed to a halt.
ties were reinforced with titanium studs driven deep into the ground.
visibly, it began to pick up speed.
without beginning or end, an equator was inscribed on the ragged surface.
x-unworking idiot, both schemes push in the same direction.
y-ridiculous acolyte, the rockets win the day.
z-absurd, there is no slowdown or hiatus.
1 engine and planet continue picking up speed.
2 the gears are a subterfuge throwing one off the track.
3 the gears are a masquerade for equatorial power.

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