The Thinness

poem / exhibition catalogue text

Published:

Switchspace, (Glasgow: Switchspace, 2004)

Limited-edition publication documenting the final year of activities by the Glasgow-based artist-run gallery of the same name (curated by Sorcha Dallas and Marianne Greated)

Poem inspired by the work of Cathy Wilkes and her exhibition for Switchspace


Text:


The Thinness

gird your 
ghosts,
said diligence
I will devour the scene,

burn poised laundry
wedged on table 
edges, leaving
 
charred lines of air,

worry these histories
to smiles,

etch their fading forms 
in scratches 
on the milky void,

I long to elude

this shapely body of dust,

its gasp!
full of light 
scaffold,

its mean theatre 
so gluttonous in 
my searing eye 

 


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