vintage love poem : the poem that is a paper airplane

the poem that is a paper airplane

i pulled this sheet from the envelope of my bed
made this paper airplane of a love poem for you

it floats above heads
above the back rows of
English class
vulnerable as I was
at fifteen

i tack a paper clip to its
snub – it falls

drops

nosedives perfect
onto the open pages of the
book you’re reading
hands curled around the real words
nested inside the textbook

you startle out of that
narrative

unfold
read
look around

i hide my giveaway blush by
studiously examining the
bulletin board away from you

you wonder
which one did it

 

 

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collected in spiritual side effects (2008, 6 gallery press)

in process : stills from i.thou : chapter ~ 19

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (flight)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (flight)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (19)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (19)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (nikita in kitchen)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (nikita in kitchen)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (baby crocodile)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (baby crocodile)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (19)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (19)

these stills are taken from a 4 minute sketch i worked up the last few days. this is for the next chapter of the film in progress, i.thou.

the chapter or excerpt is titled “19”. the moshing technique assists the viewer take a meditative journey on identity, memory, witnessing, transpersonal consciousness, the tellable story, and the problem of unbelievable experience.

the still image of the girl named “19” is taken from the television show CSI. the source video shots used (pre-processing and ‘mosh’) look like the two stills that follow:

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (source still)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (source still)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (source still)

i.thou : chapter ~ 19 (source still)