This selection, chosen by guest curator Addie Tsai, is from a simple verb by JJ Rowan, released by Bloof Books in 2019.
the simple verb is only as good as its distractions. the brain is good for a ride if you hold on. the brain takes a breath / memory evacuates. the pen is in an undisclosed location. the song pulls you firmly into the seat of a car. fuzz goes the voice of the future. fuzz goes the voice of the lovers. you are making a distinction here. you are holding the blank in your hand. you, the immediate soft crumble.
pressed between two safe bodies in an undisclosed location you watch understanding bloom. one hand to okay you. a reenactment of forever’s face and its sick trill.
you & i & the immediate instinct to blank.
somewhere nearby a series of people walk to a series of destina-tions. some seal a thought in plastic before dipping it deep into steaming water. an idea takes a breath.
a memory chokes on itself.
we were separated from ourselves, the women from their parts, no one was alarmed by any of this, no one tried to put the women back together, no one tried to get her, no woman was such, no word like it among the parts.
the word doubled: the sorrow doubled, too: left us a cloud. the cloud never dies.
the simple verb tends to remember.
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