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the painted face of things
clowns, bells, a house collapsed
the conjuror now crushed
beneath his weight in playing cards

a snapping sound
spools outward
from the ornamental clock
and man and woman both appear

rain
fine

and suddenly I laugh - I have no shame
I howl like dogs
my polar dogmatist I speak
conflicting words at once
and hold opposing views self-evident

I shout that contraries are true
and demonstrate the one the other
that the night is proof of day
and east of west
and pole of pole and all between

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bookish...................................................................................
groan..............................................................
and..............................................
grimace,...........................
how......
and................................................they .............................................
the.................................................would ............................
prince................................................contend .........
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of.........................................................with
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demagogues............................................birdsong;
the.....
.....................convocation
.............................................of
.......................................................the
......................................................................great
.............................................................................................debaters

is refuted by a single sunrise
and its papers scattered, burning









video screen showing only noise
gordon kennedy : a drunk man looks at the thistle hotel gordon kennedy : the conjure box gordon kennedy : my lips laid cold gordon kennedy : the face of things
gordon kennedy : myself gordon kennedy : inspiration gordon kennedy : northman gordon kennedy : hillside stream

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