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When Did You Start?

A written response to Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack’s recent performance “Broken Wing Beneath Sun,” at ltdLA.

 

By: Mike Nesbit

 

“The challenging happens in that the energy concealed in nature is unlocked, what is unlocked is transformed, what is transformed is stored up, what is stored up is, in turn, distributed, and what is distributed is switched about ever anew Unlocking, transforming, storing, distributing, and switching about are ways of revealing.”

-Martin Heidegger “The Questions Concerning Technology”.

 

Inhale


anxious

when did you start?

a collection … a chair

only noticeable when broken

change in the pocket echoes

when did you start?

a palm from the street

mop head placed on the floor

when did you start?

an umbrella laid vertical

clouds overheard through a clearstory

feet at hurried steps

handle on the door clutters against traffic

when did you start?

newspaper print noticed after the spread

the hammer breaks

painting on Sterling overlaying Wood

when did you start?

standing tall … a shake of the palm

when did you start?

a march … a whip … a twirl

twister downs a Gagosean crumble

heavy breathing

a tap of the boot

when did you start?

a raising of the hand grasping for light

when did you start?

biting through plastic

a life vest reveals … heavy breath exhales

attempting to inhale

when did you start?

breathe out … breathe in … breathe out … breathe in

when did you start?

standing old

a cane to hold the sky

breathing through a straw

keeping you afloat

drink … you are thirsty

the heat of absence

a broken cane

 

a scream

“am I not good enough”

 

a chair holding comfort

a column holding the roof

a radio buzz beyond as a cough rips through the chest

a prayer … a confession of a chair

misrepresentation

when did you start?

 

a strike to the comfort of inflation

squeezing out a stare

when did you start?

 

rolling … shooting

a handle of a gun

a tatter of vocals … dat … dat … dat … dat

sweeping body across the floor

one hand at a time reaching

when did you start?

 

a conversation with a lid of aluminum

scraping the ground lifted as a shield

fighting the light cast from the window above

 

a repetitive hammer against the sheet of protection

 

a moment of truths

when did you start?

 

drawing yourself on the broken chair

with a veil of comfort from the sound

 

a stick drags across the ground

when did you start?

 

rock yourself back to the ground of consciousness

breathe life back into your lungs

when did you start?


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only noticeable when broken

a chair holding comfort

a chair holding comfort

sweeping body across the floor

sweeping body across the floor

fighting the light cast from the window above

fighting the light cast from the window above

rock yourself back to the ground of consciousness

rock yourself back to the ground of consciousness

with a veil of comfort from the sound

with a veil of comfort from the sound

keeping you afloat

keeping you afloat

painting on Sterling overlaying Wood

painting on Sterling overlaying Wood

when did you start?

when did you start?