ICI

 

Text walking in the shared space of the street, I glean and gather words with my phone. Then later, sensing my way, I begin to build these ICI pages. ICI is an unbound and unfinished bookwork of everyday poetics, created en collaboration avec Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

 

 

The following are a few of the pages of ICI that I began to build in the summer of 2017, writing the stanzas using only words found and photographed on Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

 

silent wings projecting déclarations d’expérience / simple, uncomplicated returns of fusion

 

yes! écrivez-nous with tag team motion / poesia for the city

 

oh, the places years ouvert / dans la nuit de lumière

 

l’original slush of blood tears / crush against loose truth

 

it is as if thunder hinged wonder / to welcome mellow mercy

 

fold open time, and hold in the palm of your hand / les espaces de demain

 

what if, presents a found round / a lucky raw collective, made in Montréal

 

 

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I lived in Montréal at two transitional stages of my life, and it was there that I began to be aware of sound’s impact on my creative practice. It was also there that I began to understand some of the felt complexities that exist for me, between language and body. On a recent return visit, I decided to try text walking in the streets of Montréal, working with the felt and the found, with both French and English.

 

(Friday, September 8, 2017)