The Matter Propounded, of its Possibility or Impossibility, treated in four Parts

David Gatten | U.S. | 2011 | 13m
b&w | silent | 16mm

Because life is short
We must remember to keep asking it the same question

Until the repeated question and the same silence become answer

In words broken open and pressed to the mouth
And the last silence reveal the lining

Until at last this thing exist separately
At all levels of the landscape and in the sky

And in the people who timidly inhabit it
The locked name for which is open, to dust and to no thoughts

Even of dying, the fuzzy first thought that gets started in you and then there’s no stopping it.

It is so much debris of living, and as such cannot be transmitted

Into another, usable substance, but is irreducible
From these glares and stony silences and sharp-elbowed protests.

But it is your landscape, the proof that you are there,
To deal with or be lost in

In which the silent changes might occur.
                                                                    — John Ashbery

Screens as part of Cabinet of Curiosities.

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