“Never die, never die”

In Animals, Artists, Current reading, Drafts, Hautvoir, Local projects on February 20, 2014 at 7:32 am

For her next project she wants to make five sculptures within sculptures. One for each of the five continents. I know her: if that’s what she wants to do, she’ll  do it. Only problem: she has no agent, no funding agency, no backing. She manages to get contracts anyway, for temporary installations. Only other problem: what do you do with the artwork when the exhibition ends. Sell it on eBay?


The bird. Splendiferous it was. The window was closed so how it got in: one of those impediments dreams don’t have to consider. Crimson feathers and white. Someone talked. By the time I pulled out my camera, the bird was outside again, light flaming through the red feathers. Beauty. Then whoosh, gone. A visitation.


The words in the title: from Banville’s Kepler. I suppose it would be a spoiler if I specified where the words occur in the book.


“Can we talk about crimes, too?”

“We can talk about anything you want to talk about. The question is more: what do you want to say about crimes, which ones, how and why.”

(excerpt from yesterday’s session with the junior college kids working on topics for the next run at a student newspaper. One of them bringing in sixteen pages on the topic of swimming, next Monday? The way two of the girls sit, covering their mouths. The way someone wants them to start writing as if doing a school assignment. “Start with definitions,” she says. NOOOOOO. Start with the burning need to talk about this. This. This crime, this swimming competition, this book, this, this, this.)


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