Paratext #33 by Michael Lawton

Paratext #33
January 30th 2019

by Michael Lawton

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


The hand throws the stone

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


This is the photograph of a heart


The hand holds the heart

The fingers tap the rhythm

The heart beats on time


The hand recognizes its name


The fingers get it right

The sun travels in waves

The hand covers the moon


The hand holds a book


The hand holds the open book

The finger finds the line inside the book

The finger reads Braille


The finger slides to the left


The finger caresses a cheek

The finger caresses a cheek in a photograph

The finger caresses a cheek in a photograph on a screen


The finger caresses to the right


The elbows write a message

To fumble, to steal from yourself, to make out, to leave

Do the finger, put on the finger


The hands want to see more


Write to me, the bot gives a signal, write to me.

The hands grab the breasts, slide along the dildo

The finger separates the lips, the thumb rests between the buttocks…


The hand gives a signal


The mirror flashes, the flag flutters

Slit the throat, cut the palm

Fingers on the palm push the palm




The finger dangles,

Thumbprint unlocks

The button, unlocked, erases


The hand points again


The radio speaks in static

Fold the message

The hand waves the flag


The hand wears gloves

The hand thinks with its fingers

The hand thinks with its thumbs


The hand parts the curtain


A face is revealed, lips pursed.

The finger rests against the lips, perpendicular to them.

Shaping a cross, silencing the crowd


A plant grows between the lips


The words grow wild like weeds

They travel on the wind

They fall between the fingers


The hand picks up a pen


Scratches notes in the dark

The pen writes

Erasing faces from photographs


The arm stretches


The hand unfolds (whose hand?)

The finger points (whose finger?)

This is where the bomb exploded


The hand holds the machine gun


Stop the bus

So, we can photograph the passengers

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


The finger presses the button, the shutter blinks


The hand holds the stone

It checks the weight of the stone


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