The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

February 28, 2017


There are codes in the sirens in the night, there are codes in
the answering screams, the screams in the future anterior, the
shuffling of the sirens into silence. Too often, architecture
betrays the indentation of the body; splatter semiotics creates
semiotic shards, codewords emanating into violence, coalesced
into communities of brawn and the tools of brawn. I have heard
witnesses and fear for my life. I fear for the lives of others,
anyone else as such, stigmatized by headgear, insignia, skin and
its others histories. Others ourselves, denounced as things, as
perturbable things whose tongues, still speaking, devolve into
noise, cut out at the root, expelled. The worst of it is, we are
become never among ourselves, always rusted, our bones and books
scattered. This is happening and will happen. This is concrete,
this is not assimilated, cauterized, sutured. The scab is always
removed for the proof of alien skin beneath. Do not mistake the
trajectory or the time we inhabit, we are soon gone from it.
There are others who hurry us along the way. Some of us fall.
Some of us are trampled, kicked in the head, what passes now for
military justice. Justice is not law, law is not justice, not
now, not otherwise. The mouth is wedged open, teeth broken. That
tongue, our tongue, our native, gone. There are sirens and
screams. There are others sitting down for dinner. The oven is
warm, the house well-heated. The comfort is in the plants on the
sill of the window.

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anterior, silence. silence. shuffling future of often, often, of
the sirens betrays architecture the shuffling silence.
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body; the the shards, codewords splatter of splatter emanating
into semiotics the creates violence, violence, creates splatter
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tools I and into of brawn. have the communities and have
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headgear, histories. denounced others headgear, skin ourselves,
as histories. insignia, its as as Others and histories. as
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expelled. The out devolve out worst worst at noise, the it of
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trajectory skin proof beneath. or or beneath. alien mistake time
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the of fall. trampled, what head, us of in now what trampled,
are head, military passes kicked kicked passes justice. now in
the military is for the what Justice law, military what now not
law justice. passes military law not Justice for Justice
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now, law not justice, The not is law not is otherwise. not not
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wedged not The That tongue, open, The wedged our tongue, teeth
mouth teeth our our broken. wedged That gone. native, That teeth
tongue, are gone. tongue, That native, and are our tongue, There
screams. sirens tongue, tongue, and are and our gone. There
sitting screams. gone. are others down There There and down
dinner. are sirens There dinner. The others screams. sitting
oven oven sitting There for warm, is down others The house the
for down is The house dinner. dinner. house is well-heated. The
oven The in The is warm, is plants comfort warm, house plants on
is house The the sill in well-heated. in of of the comfort
plants window. the plants in the on the the the on sill sill the
the window."

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