Paratext #33 by Michael Lawton

Paratext #33
January 30th 2019

by Michael Lawton

Marit Tunestveit Dyre
(Short residence)
Laura Ige (Interaction lab Grant)
Sofiane Zouggar (Jiser Grant)
Meriam Ben Amor (Jiser Grant)
Anna Irina Russell (Jiser Grant)

The hand throws the stone

Poem as document, for Paratext#33, Meriam Ben Amor, Laura Ige, Anna Irina Russell, Marit Tunestveit Dyre, Sofiane Zouggar


This is a photograph of a heart


The hand holds the heart

The fingers tap out the rhythm

The heart beats in time


The hand recognises its name


The fingers work it out

Sound travels in waves

The hand screens the moon


The hand is holding a book


The hand holds the book open

The finger finds the line within the book

The finger reads the braille


The finger swipes left


The finger strokes a cheek

The finger strokes a cheek in a photograph

The finger strokes a cheek in a photograph on a screen


The finger strokes right


The thumbs write a message

Make out, make off, get off, get out

Thumb a ride, Thumb it in


The hands want to see more


Text me, the bot signals, text me

The hands cup the breasts, slide along the dildo,

The finger parts the lips, the thumb rests between the buttocks


The hand signals


flashes the mirror     waves the flag

slits the throat           chops the palm

fingers the palm        presses into the palm




The finger hangs up

The thumbprint unlocks

The button, unlocked, erases


The hand signals again


The radio speaks in static

Folds the message

The hand waves the flag


The hand is carrying gloves


The hand pulls on the gloves

The hand thinks with fingers

The hand thinks with thumbs


The hand parts the curtains


A face is revealed, lips pursed

The finger rests against the lips, perpendicular to them

Forming a cross, silencing the crowd


A plant grows from between the lips


Words grow wild like weeds

Travel on the wind

Fall amongst fingers


The hand picks up a pen


Scratches notes in the dark

The pen writes

Erases the faces on the photographs


The arm stretches


The hand unfurls (whose hand?)

The finger points (whose finger?)

This is where the bomb went off


The hand holds the gun


Stops the bus

So we can photograph the passengers

(The hand holding the gun is not in the photograph)


The finger presses the button, the shutter blinks


The hand holds the stone

Tests the weight of the stone

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