Monday, May 11, 2009

retail therapy (2 for 1)

at the mall
banners advertise
monthly sales
in politically relevant
colors, such as red
top & yellow
bottoms ^ blue
backgrounds & white
but still
hard to read

it's like Superman in the shape &
form of a celebrity
gently in the wind
we don't need no
yellow no
red if
shoppers can save
the nation

- prayer.t

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

in keeping in... -nr

declaring in softened, terse words; in the lot of mistakes: hallways: where so many words may mistakenly pass, &folks within papered walls become the interior voices of crumbled dwellings, accepting blame. the use, of use / of fuse / of use / diffuse, like dif-
distance and sunlight

what makes a place
sound [as close as one can get to] // a person
voicing, Leave, leave, risking
loss, &having said

Sunday, May 3, 2009

April 8

And so, Alx the good heart broke through the film which separated himself from the audience. He acknowledged them, and made for the door. They were astounded.
So quiet, it sounded as though there was no one present to hear the silence: astounded. That only happens in the movies.

And in such bewildered astonishment, a confusion bereft of complication, Alx, too, wondered if the film was over, or if it was continuing: following his steps or, instead, the flickering reel.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

To-me in Time, for Georges Poulet

Do you imagine I am speaking while

You’re reading

I am recording the fact that I am speaking

And writing that I spoke


When you

Read, you will imagine I was speaking

I will be speaking today whensoever

You’re reading

I am speaking


big sur

I can believe to speak to another person, to confer, to confess, to do all things co-, all sights seen together, is to inch toward one another without intention and succumb to the feeling of awe in unison, pressed against an outward facing rail. In that togetherness, companionship is an abandonment of any structure that explains itself (introspection) in favor of any structure that develops unwittingly (rain), an acceptance of the inconclusive, an acceptance of common sounds as uncommon ones, their amplification occurring suddenly and momentously.


Friday, April 24, 2009

in response to a deleted line once within a message directed to me

is a man, logically

is a businessman, still

is not a business man, for his loyalties are, evidently, not to the business?


Saturday, April 18, 2009



dant id

Sunday, February 22, 2009

in the woods

The image:

a library

is a forest.


Thursday, February 19, 2009


por el mundo

- prayer.t

Thursday, February 12, 2009

sprint (a draft)

I am losing my sight.  Not harshly.  The colors do not bleed, they only have rounded edges.  The loss is that of a certain visual acuity, the objects pulsing dimly out of their forms.  It is soft focus.  Everything in peach fuzz. 

It could have been the dirt.  When I was five I wanted to be Cleopatra, in the fashion of Elizabeth Taylor—the eyeliner as thick as the eyebrows.  And so I created a paste of dirt and water.  I thumbed a hole into the ground and let my fingers undo the earth.  Through the gravel crust and to damper territory, the soil moist in a way that seemed ancient to me.  It was the body of a time before mine. I hardened the lump between my hands and placed it in a silver gravy boat because gravy boats seemed elegant and I was going to be elegant as well.  The water was measured and added.  The paintbrush went soft against my eyelids, spreading a paste that was chunkier than I would have liked but the feeling of it against my skin gave me the same pleasure as reaching ancient dirt with my hands, and that was wonderful.    The subsequent infection was thick under my lids.  A lacy pus that draped over lashes.  The doctor bandaged me, rendered me sightless for two weeks. When the bandages were removed the air felt piquant against the pulp of my eye and my vision seemed veiled, as it is now. 


            Lena has been helping me for some time now.  She takes my hand to the rail.  And because my movements are slow and deliberate, her movements are slow and deliberate. We are synchronized. The placement of my body in movement must be exact.   Her deceleration in order to align herself to me undoes her.  The body has a natural inertia and to delay it, to make velocity stagnant as she does – it takes the charge out of a person.  Her head is always at the pillow before mine.  And because my vision mimics morning fog perpetually, I lie awake, not being able to distinguish between the condition of my eyes and the condition of fatigue. She has a muscular smell when she sleeps, softly greasing at the joints.  I don’t know what happens to that scent when she wakes up.  Does motion shake off the scent?  Maybe we smell most like ourselves when we are still, allow it to settle onto us and then spread.

            We’ve developed a small language.  It’s formation was never recognized in any official sense, it is -- more instinctual than that.  We often forget to talk, our tongues well preserved behind our cheeks, but our bodies are constantly in response.  Her body senses that mine has grown tense, an unsure step or an obscured obstacle in my path perhaps, and her hand tightens against my waist.  As my vision worsens, my body grapples for hers a little more, in coy increments.  When we met we held hands and then I was holding her lightly at the wrist.  Now I hold her almost under the armpit, feeling the muscles breathe.  When she makes hard breaks while driving, her free arm darts in front of my chest, materializes in an almost miraculous way.  I see a slip of flesh colors with startling immediacy and for a second I wonder whether my sight is returning.  I like to imagine that even when no one is riding in the car with her she still extends her arm instinctively, protects her phantom passenger.  I cannot think of anything more generous than an act of instinctive concern. 

            We do not go out often.  Mostly it is my fault.  I cannot make the adjustments for the lifestyle of the visually impaired.  I will not learn Braille.  I will not carry a walking stick.  There is something final about these things, the act of investing in your blindness.  It seems perverse in a way, the anticipation of the worst case scenario.  If I were to buy a cane, my eyes would understand this as a signal to stop trying, to let go completely.  And my eyes would comply because my body is compliant and because I have never been one for resistance.  Lena and I participate in our own personalized sense of space with my sense of speed.  My hands always at a wall or under Lena’s armpit.  It is extraordinary what one feels when in constant slow motion.  I feel cracks in the walls before they have surfaced.  The stucco constructs a constellation of animals when I linger long enough.  And Lena’s arm, her arm has dry patches in all the wrong places.  Her elbows are waxen and only superficially creased but the skin grows clumsy towards the shoulder, raw and uneven in texture.  I like to rub the skin off with the pad of my thumb when anxious, it makes me feel vaguely purposeful. She shrugs and I know to stop. 


            I know that it is morning because my left side feels bright under the heat.  Morning heat is particularly searing and my body twitches against it.    I blink.  I blink again.  There is a curl of light, I think.  But I blink again and it is gone.  Lena is still sleeping, flexed under her own wing and knees bent against my back, poised to spring away from me like a readying swimmer.  My arm reaches around until it finds the back of her knee cap, it is soft and a little wet, the tissue there, delicate.  I say sorry into that space. To her cavernous parts.  To her armpit.  To her navel.  To the space between clavicles. To the finger scooped dimples on her lower back.  All the punctures that will listen. 

My head relaxes back into the pillow, my face looking directly up and through the ceiling, at the sun that I know is there.  My face feels enormously open and I can feel the air under my lids, it cuts through the milk of cataracts.  I am running, an uninhibited sprint.  That part when the brain escapes and I become the breath, the piston motion, a body that has forgotten how to recycle--leaves nothing for the saving.  

-saehee cho, january 2009





Saturday, February 7, 2009

sounds -nr

of what implies


these sprawling evils

and homonym

fought its execution

Saturday, January 17, 2009

27 years

i think about the cigarretes i smoked in my early twenties when i was convinced i'd die at 27.
three instances led me to the belief of my quickly approaching death:
one. the television show Sightings, where i first learned at the age of eight of the mayan calendar and it's final date on december twelfth, 2012. i'd be 27 years old.
two. an indian man i encountered en route home, in san diego. he said he practiced accupressure and asked to read my hands, and when those seemed inconclusive in the dark, far from streetlamps, he asked to read my back through my shirt. he warned that at about twenty seven, i would see the manifestation of some illness that was already inside of me. he touched a point in the center of my back, no one in front of me, it seemed surreal to feel fingers indicating the origin of what will someday overtake me,
being only a sensation right then.
celebrities who have died at this age have gone on to become immortal. their souls guarded in the art. that seemed a fitting enough end for me. to live contrary to life, to be unending.
which, i suppose, is the same thing, having lived, to having lived.