URCHIN, 2017

 
 

BRUNO SPORTS BAR, 2017

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men looking at men

tu vois?

 

watch like some childhood love affair

a limp swagger like

a moody Adonis like

 

MAGIC IS SOMETIMES CLOSE TO NOTHING AT ALL

when the moon gets too close to the earth

it is only a matter of feet

 

et voila, quoi

 

when he speaks it is entirely on purpose

nothing unthought

 

crowd on their feet

applauding the gap

craving keepable portraiture

 

you can’t decide if you want to love him or be him

like when children fall in love

 

blind the whole time

field mice to a hawk moth

 

to your own perfect future

 

 

ON BEING SESSILE, 2016

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FROM NIGHTSHADE, 2017

 

Herr Jakob Johann Baron von Uexküll,      

When you say “clamp a snail”

 

(YA-KUB VON OOKSGULL,

I would never recognize your name off the page)

 

when you say “clamp a snail” and put

it on a rubber ball in water

 

when you say hit the snail repeatedly

with a

stick

 

when do you recognize that in an effort to articulate another’s world[DP1] 

you have fundamentally altered your own?

 

Jakob von Uexküll, the early 20th century German biologist and biosemiotician, fine-tuned the study of animal behavior right into a worlding, right into umwelten. For Uexküll, each species is a performed fullness contained within a spatial and temporal boundary; each sensorial frame of reference an articulation of subjecthood, of being.

He told us that if you hit a snail repeatedly, three times per second, it will turn away. But if you manage more than three blows in the allotted time and hit the snail four or five times in a second, the snail will perceive the stick as not moving at all, and will continue forward to crawl onto the stick. The snail would fully understand the faster moving stick to be a stick at rest because the movement of the stick was functioning outside the register of snailperception, snail umwelt.

Clearly, consciousness, whether that of the snail or of the scientist, is a limited ability, taking hold only in the most certain of situations. The uncertain situation calls upon something else.

 

ON BEING SESSILE, 2016

 

UNTITLED 1 - 3 (COPING SKILLS LOST IN THE FLOOD), 2016

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VARIOUS NAUMANS, 2015

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