October 23rd 2021

after RJCB


I

Because the poem can’t decide for us

if winter’s yet begun


because the future marshals us with gestures

learned before we’re born


because everything I’ve said could fit inside

an ampoule of ice of your spit


I

because “we are not in the same place”

because “the subject is unaware of our presence”


because I turned away before the clouds completely occluded

because I’m looking through between two windows to where I’m sat


because it might not happen only

because it already has


I

because the poem decides all this for us

you obviously have my permission to do this.






Note: the lines “we are not in the same place” and “the subject is unaware of our presence” were spoken by, I think, the popular Dutch artist Casper Faassen, a slick and polished Art Fair favourite who nevertheless summed up this idea nicely enough. The poem as a whole is a response to a better poem written by Rowland Bagnall.

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