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From Punk Faun: A Bar Rock Pastel

sky only

sky only not as recess—walking as on flats
of colour—deployed then across—whole
cylinders attract—float—arms becoming
branches—surprise lack—an admission of a
reached ledge—

shoulders sprout—whole lift—trees or sky in
retreat—shapes made river—pencil clouds
marked—play lines at bodies— float weight
—arms branch above clasp—breeze takes—reach of lead—

skin barks against sky—pains wakingstatic
no longer goesploy of figuringtackle to
bring downstats of limbs in flightcannot
hold so givestwig tressentwining legs
ledge in inked

skythe balletic hop where the weight is
clasp to arms—call becoming out as branch-
graze pixel beyond skirts—cursor at
cupid—click insert pale for back—lines equal
horizonsthe ledge as a screen

yellow is for distancesky only backs outa
flat wept in areaa ballet clasp over one
an arm benchthe weight is hurt—the
weight is blue or is a dresscannot hold
livesedge tears ledgewise

pink specs for human—gold for fur---sky
clogs under varnishblue distains
back—dress of bunchingan admission
markseyes downbranch harmsfigures
certain in draperylodge hold


slide show (on behalf of the warden)

This is of a chord sprinkled thicket
This is of a diagram which proves it
This is of a footnote that explains what pancakes are
This is of a perpetual fear of those on the outside whose job it is
                                                            to grid the internals
This is of a pure flank
This is of a shape that is not always an innocent container
This is of a softening into flesh and blood from something else
This is of a tufted slumber
This is of an abstract thing or it might be a nipple
This is of an ear as it would be seen inflating from inside the body
This is of artificial breath
This is of certain caudal appendages
This is of imported seedless grapes
This is of not just human
This is of nothings purring
This is of nylon and how it suspends many small things that would
                                                                  otherwise be falling
This is of one laughing as an expression of foolishness
This is of one laughing who does not appear to be expressing
This is of one of those funny pink things Eva Hesse made before
                                                                     she went grey
This is of one rollerblading through an airport
This is of one that is like some string coiled up
This is of one weeping as an expression of ecstasy
This is of one weeping who does not appear to be expressing
This is of one which is quite like the sign nearby that says not to
This is of one which might have been used as a squeaker for a
                                                                      small dog
This is of signals from a kept live and natural wild wild
This is of some ears with pointed ends
This is of some safety pins which were used to keep it together
This is of some string coiled up
This is of some verbal wallpaper as was vetoed by the warden
This is of the fur in transit and still breathing
This is of the heart of the timid
This is of the increase through the perforation and damage
This is of the long yellow ropes that were used
This is of the other side of the scaffolding as Clovis saw it
This is of the place where it was found to be punctured
This is of the same consistency as the resin that clogged the
                interior and made it difficult to say anything
This is of the she-wolf suckling
This is of the taxi driver with paws or maybe they were just gloves
This is of the way the joke was found face down in a lay-by
This is of tresses knotted in horns
This is of use within properly prescribed limits

peach pits

offering leaves plastic tabling decoration
sold wealthy in gratuities dumbed spread

                                  without funds for
                                  an altar paintings
                                  hung on trees by

an industry of mannequins
dressing windows showy
with crystal limbs
suspended      in pursuit tearing clothes

aggregate of form dissolves right sided
in wax or dressed saved from attempts

on life
imitations spread cloned
tourists at feet
up on the bloodied
strewn ex votos lap

principle of a plane then lines drawn hover
hooded outlines at the bus stop ran watery

system of a naked body measured front

put   eyes  nose  mouth and ears at the

right measured places various figures
in lead white corrected
                             correct mistakes

contracted out pigment by pigment
how much gold how much lapis lazuli

a family of private commissions walls
around the garden sourced from films

or in repro of the presentation of the
virgin at the temple standing in line

to pay in a cheque at the bank or a
delicate stay at home carving fruit

stones a young woman not excellent
only in household matters the whole

passion on a peach-pit unrequited spat
framed by a handy Old Testament quote

reluctantly paid for

two sibyls
two angels and one
relief on August 4th 1526

retired devoted to copper engraving
without reproach


[Redell Olsen's publications include Writing Instructions (Gefn Press, 2004) and Secure Portable Space
(Reality Street, 2004). She is the editor of She is the course director for the MA
in Poetic Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London.]

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