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It’s gonna go fast,
Oh, it’s gonna go quick.
And I stand in the front
To pretend to be and I become.
I have anxiety!

So open eyeballs
And open eardrums.
There are directions in the book
And we don’t hear them.
It is exhilarating!

Is it wish-wash?
Does it not squash?
When we pack it in mouths,
When we put it on paper?
I am a generator!

What is this that I have made?
I have not made anything.
Parts and pieces crowd around the tongue
Before it’s done with things.
We don’t recognize,
Reconcile a readymade.
We watch it fall,
Can’t stop it moving, going down down down down down.

How we say, what we say,
I cannot hold the answer still,
And if I did, the question flame
Murmurs soft, extinguishes.
Experience has hit the ground,
We pick it up, move it around,
But we can’t make it say what it said before.

It goes right through me
And then its over,
And as I try to draw its shadows shapes
The marks I make only conceal.
What is this messy substance?

I understand it,
Don’t I understand it?
When we get to the point where
It comes to pass I see it fall.
Make no exquisite landing!

What is this that I have made?
I have not made anything.
Parts and pieces crowd around the tongue
Before it’s done with things.
We don’t recognize,
Reconcile a readymade.
We watch it fall,
Can’t stop it moving, going down down down down down.

Ha ho, how do we know?
Sleep walking, talking in our sleep.
If comfort is the single substrate,
Words of wisdom don’t exist.
All these signs lay on the ground,
We pick them up, wave them around,
But they’re not going to say what they’ve said before.

Hey!
I can’t tell you what I say.
Hey!
I can’t tell you what this means.
Hey!
I pick it up, I put it down.
Hey!

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Gary Setzer Tucson, Arizona

Gary Setzer is an interdisciplinary artist. He currently lives and works in Tucson, where he is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arizona. His performances, installations, objects, and videos have been exhibited and screened extensively. ... more

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