The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

September 22, 2013

[ for ELO, Paris ]

we all live within our hallucinations

when we die, we're sliding unawares and there have been
too many deaths and disruptions

holding on and poised above an abyss which opens everywhere

when i say "just over there" what i'm saying is that the
world falls off in every direction

you pick a point or position and walk towards it or force
your body into nodding

and over there, the abyss which means
there's nothing to hold onto

my breathing has become more and more difficult in these
rough terrains and when i sleep the machine prepares me
the catastrophe of the day

i'd want to say more, about how my search for the truth
was always emergent

but near the abyss, the loss, not only of information,
but of its viral carries, ensures it doesn't matter at
the end

and that matter doesn't matter, that every point of the
abyss falters towards every other, flounders on every

what life does is momentarily bear witness, and just
before blindness, it appears as if the subjunctive gains
the upper hand

oh these are heady days

these are days of death and the compression of death,
days of genocides and impulses

days of annihilation: to the limit!

when the earth turns, irradiating itself towards a bleak
and darkening sun

at least there are days and a succession of bands,
of light, then dark, then light,
of dark, then light then dark

the body embraces catastrophe: see how the abyss invades
and cauterizes each and every thought!

and in every direction, and among all, and every one!

these are heady days, salvation burning like a star
on its last coordinates

i'm looking up in every direction, and from each and
every one, i'm falling

i'm falling for no one, i'm falling for nothing
and i understand, annihilation is the path, not the

the journey, and not the goal,
the way and not the end,

that the limit is asymptotic, and whatever one does,
one is coasting

among the others that are our selves or the same,
one is coasting

among the abyss and cessation, among annihilations
in lock-step and ready-made,
one is coasting

the keel of the boat, that too, in every direction,
and the keel is coasting towards the shore

and the shore is an hallucination
and we're living there, and dying, we're dying
in great numbers,

and we're sliding, unawares

and in spite of or towards this speaking, and among
this speaking,

we're sliding, unawares


production notes "we all live"

we all live we within all our live hallucinations within when
die, die, sliding we're unawares sliding and unawares there and
have there been have when been we too many deaths disruptions
many holding and on poised poised an above abyss an which abyss
opens which everywhere opens holding everywhere on i there" say
what "just i'm over saying there" is what that i'm the saying
when is i that say the "just world falls off world in falls
every off direction in you or pick position a and point walk or
towards position it walk force towards you it pick force point
your body into nodding

there, over means which there's nothing to hold there's onto
nothing my has breathing become has more become and more more
difficult these these breathing rough and terrains when sleep
machine machine me prepares rough me terrains catastrophe of day
catastrophe i'd more, want about more, search about for how the
search i'd for want truth say was always emergent

but the near abyss, abyss, loss, loss, only not of only
information, information, near its carries, viral ensures
carries, it ensures doesn't doesn't at matter but at of end

matter, every
falters falters
other, other,
flounders flounders

life does does is momentarily bear bear witness, witness, and
just what before blindness, blindness, it appears as as if if
the subjunctive gains gains before upper hand

oh are heady oh days these death the compression death, death,
are genocides impulses of annihilation: days limit! to earth
turns, turns, irradiating irradiating itself itself towards
bleak when darkening sun

least are succession bands, bands, least light, then of dark,
light, light dark, dark light embraces catastrophe: catastrophe:
see see how invades the cauterizes each and thought! and
direction, among among and all, every one! in days, salvation
salvation burning burning like like a star these last

looking in up every from and one, falling

no one, understand, annihilation annihilation is path, not
journey, goal, not way end, not limit is asymptotic, and
whatever one one does, does, that coasting

others are selves the same, the cessation, and annihilations
among lock-step ready-made,

keel the boat, too, too, every shore shore hallucination is
living living dying, dying, dying dying great numbers,

spite or
this and
speaking, among

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