reflecting absence

 

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Reflecting Absence
 
 
 
Passing from anticipation to boredom to fascination
 
working from awkwardness and positioning accordingly
 
the art in reflecting absence, in going where you’ve never been
 
where no one has. suicide is generally good for sales
 
but everyone knows that’s not why she left
 
 
 
the technique works because we seek out the one flaw
 
in a sea of otherwise perfection. capturing life in frozen stillness
 
stand transfixed in the process until completed
 
A freak stops you and asks you a riddle
 
as you float like a spirit through this dream-nightmare
 
 
 
we lose sleep fretting about the horror
 
but the freak has already faced his
 
carries the airs of an aristocrat
 
madness and genius know, get just the same
 
no one else comprehends the language you speak
 
 
 
what will be left when everything is stripped away
 
what is absorbed when you aren’t looking. it is
 
what seeps through walls and pores and consciousness 
 
stare into the lens. It is Everything. I’ve seen so much
 
the only thing I really know is that I don’t know
 
 

a tribute to diane arbus

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