Show Me the City Before the City

Obliqueness is a fashion
that might be liberally applied
where form seems to be missing

a ligature, a panel. There's much
of that kind of style in the way
you hear people talk in certain places—

If you can avoid it, you try not to have
to say anything. Someone opens
the door to conversation with a lilt

at the end of a sentence. You
are to understand earnestness
needs to be tempered with a little story

involving animals or wrong turns or mistaken
identities. If you read someone's
intentions differently, perhaps it's because

they're hiding behind a scaffold draped
with scenery. You know it's hard to look
at a burning light without blinking.


In response to Via Negativa: Unmapping.

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