Monument to OS
From the north travel trees in depleted clusters
and folds, divided through isometric perspective.
What was previously a forest or a wood
becomes an elaborate swatch. Follow this
into movement, at a remove, through
differentiations of green, a knife-like transition,
into a present at odds with its evolution. Today
Inverkeithing constantly and actively funnels
between multiple striking and paralysing inboxes
while commuters egress at speed over Inchgarvie.
What remains is a type of spine, in a process
of constant replacement, structured
within an unsustainable network. Not for the first time
motion is measured within friction, or guesswork.
In specific detail crouched
against foreign weather, to mark terrain,
surrounded by canvas and the warm
hoarse breath at night from three sides,
poles above. Slice into existence
a previous triangulation.
Kept instead of a diary what
once was never described this way,
in degrees, in rock structures,
in erosion and whatever
can be seen from here:
what looks like a sheer drop
from the south is an ever flattening plateau
from the northeast.
Continue with disorganised spirit,
a somnolent & ragged flag,
through variations: sleep,
long arm of day, double dream
of amalgamation. Left
soot. Left unerasable traces
(experimenting with height)
from a bird’s eye view (if birds
saw perspective not as angled
but as planar, a loose tube,
threaded not like cotton but
like a screw). Diagrammatic plates
held in rusted place as if permanent:
as if in a variation of permanence.
[Mike Saunders' work has
been featured in a number of recent publications, and a
pamphlet, Detent, is forthcoming from Gatehouse
Press. He is currently writing about land and money and water.
He runs indianlitter.tumblr.com
with Angus Sinclair. He lives in Edinburgh.]
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