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Pam Brown

Fugacity 05
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Anyworld 

Artworld. Theoryworld. Mediaworld. Infoworld. Touristworld. Olympicworld.
Foxworld. Bushworld: Oneworld
                     Susan Buck-Morss, Art in the Age of Technological Surveillance

setting out,
                     a scarlet flower
            behind an ear,
into the wide
                world          into
                     banner-adorned cities
    faking
             permanent festivity

*

        the road
                         turns an angle
       like the dateline does
                                  near Tuvalu

*

once,     it’s said,      anticipating promise,
              they murmured
                             as they crossed,
           ‘Bush’                                   like
                ‘ boo schh         boo schh ’
  and
                   no   reply
                                             came

*

sprained                        westoxified
                   all-signed-up
                                      for ‘NightTalker’,
        ( the wine is under
                                   the table somewhere)
           crying becomes
                            a critical criterion
(the flower
                discarded )

*

the public sphere
          is       
newly           perceptibly      
                                   losing memory

*

re     mem     ber      Bam,
         Arg-e Bam
ancient city of sand
                           and mud
                      collapsing in an earthquake,
the cultural heritage building
              slipping      subsiding,    
                                               consigning
          any record
              of the archaic ruin
                                           to dust

*

the memory
              is
                  ruined

*

who can accept
                         a given world ,
who can
            live in it   ?

        

                                             

(This poem was first published in ‘Cordite’ in December 2004)

                   



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