Actual Technologies

We assume these are actual technologies! [laughter]

Letters between writers during one or the other of the two world wars are
mostly always about the soft trade and gift service of contraband or luxuries:
cigarettes, American brand name domestic goods (electric mixers), chocolate,
foreign cash, books, papers, tickets for travel, and information. The larger
disasters now just miniatures, a thumb of hidden resin.

small early model hard drive harvest poem
platelets mic’d up

felty effortless a new player enters the room:
cocoa powerballs, index cards, two (brain-looking) bones
a soft wooden tile, a smelling breadlike leaf, a cut out (proto laser slice)
layered image, a wooden box with yarn, gold leaf, two-sided
tape, small red shoes and the shutter sound echoed back
in the form of a look of surprise.
the flat edge of a brush but dry
                        envelope in miniature (as if for seeds) is leathery gold

Re/compuet small dumpling screed Or a third, two patch effects three times
for six alt cigs on land and where cassette—

that’s a spade
that looks like a handbag
that’s a body that could be a push-up scene

Dry in a persimmon
but a slick off

I with a soft log of coins
the small pre-aperture skt skt
I for a sec not here but off camera

it’d be a better bootleg if
when it leaves it takes your toxins
with it as a charcoal biscuit






[Astrid Lorange is an Associate Lecturer at UNSW | Art & Design and a researcher at the National Institute of Experimental Arts. Her book, How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. She co-edits the Aus-USA chapbook press, SUS. Poetry books include Eating and Speaking, Minor Dogs and one that made it alike.]

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