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

 

Now

 

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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