from Now 1/3
by Demosthenes Agrafiotis
translated by John Sakkis & Angelos Sakkis

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08/30/1997

07:45
absent colors
action
servant, texts
servant, concepts
a thought supposedly comes
from  additional charge
shape
until his time comes
at long last
vehicle
misunderstanding or entanglement
at the opening (indiscernible)
stroll in another city
Rue Tournon
earthly religion
tiny sounds
biological evacuations
thumps from the body
closed eyes, transparency
clumsy machines, anticipation
relaxation
church bells call fellow countrymen
the hand and the pencil
         move on the Chinese notebook
and the body follows

(neither distress nor fatigue)







the hyperbole
this moment
                 does not instruct
                 does not serve
                       does not support
what value becomes threshold?
      raw material, victim and conclusion
of the writing
the hours accumulate
arbitrariness becomes principle
all openings
all cracks
and in strolls
in compressions
in platitudes
the daily rest
[crystals,] expectation of generations

failures

they fold the tables, collect the pawns
they discover the closing too late
bad words scare them
at times it verges on the ridiculous
acceptance of insolence
private reversal like something
apocryphal
        the salvation

language dangerous after the whirlwind







the vulgarity
but there
but he still there
from stupor to sarcasm
the eyes are led to closure
partitions and recalculation of rhythm
infinite worlds
tolerable, inelegant, inconspicuous
conquests of microtherapy
the past without intermediate trickery
second thoughts

08:40
already twenty minutes over the limit
violation of the rule.

                                               (Athens)






4.     1 week, 168 hours, 10080 minutes

 

08/18/1997
Monday

before the end?

persistent return to first steps
weak distribution
constant charge, first person
small narcissus wilted by the usual bursts
memory
the answer coincides with the other fixation
shroud of everyday death
with oblique blessings, the ephemeral
the moving scaffolds of the eternal
incarcerated in the body
incarcerated in the code
the (supposed) safeguard of  subsequent generations
shape, admiration, praiseworthy moon
the incurable dislocation

obvious

                                                                              (Karpenisi)








08/19/1997
Tuesday

the last time
for this turn, for that landscape
the big project
the scale (fragile)
the art of the admirable remains
miracles will be kept
how do you resign from the
                                 truth
and the certainty propitiates
                                  what powers?

                                        (Karpenisi)








08/20/1997
Wednesday

dependence on insignificance
the body does not react
as it gets lost in the world.

                                       (Athens)








8/21/1997
Thursday

humiliation, a cycle with no way out
what would this big thing be and all
                           its reversals
what would this small thing be and all
                         the necessary directions
neither exaltation nor degradation
more or less constant
more or less inconstant

convoys

few words, strange pleasure
with bad poetry

weakness

tradition, no self-esteem

rule, slow and sticky.

                                                (Athens)








8/22/1997
Friday

word, word
between dream and wakefulness
yet shapes of verses get lost

the word is missing
for the manifestation to begin
for the texture of the question to be shown

the range, the issue
what instant? the fiery or frigid                          
                                ink
perhaps a single mold might not be
                                enough
for the silent phrases to find
                                critical discord
forgotten poem
insufficient fermentation
promise.

                                                        (Athens)








8/23/1997
Saturday

haunting, exorcism
faces from television screens
recline on furniture along
      with all the arguments
participation in total comfort
duty (almost)
how much time remains
before
friendships are tested
new I.D. cards are issued
healthy foods become standard
cells resist
purification takes place
           what remains?
           what changes?
how long does insolence last
as long as contempt for new age thought does
antics from cliques
victims
fortunately no more dexterity
a way has been found for accelerating
on the descent
to the lobby (unequal survival)

newfangled

newly drafted








miscalculations of the year (of a life)
sometimes a drop in an ocean
sometimes a storm on a deserted island
dissimilarity
affected same subject construction in writing
greenhouse, odds and ends
when the main tree trunk’s resistance
is diminished
the time, easy absence.

                                                  (Athens)