Heal The Wire

Typographic experiment here: loosely translating deliberate illegibility in the original cut-up book “Heal The Wire” (such as by reversing words, or taking advantage of printer smears) ➾ to regular inline text.

T̵̡̹̙̦̍̓͌̾͊ime is a fraying tape

of ɔ̷̹͔̹͔͇̀̓̒̏͋o̵̯͙͚͑ɿ̶̨͙͒͋̇o̵̙̍̕͘n̵̡̻̱̮͊͋̏͋͗ɒ̸̼̗͘v̵̧̩̱͑́î̶̡̜̳̿̓̈̕ɿ̴̥̪͈̭̊̆υ̷̪̖̰͔͔̾̾̈́ƨ̴̲͌̍

lessons and

it twists

off-again, on-again,

T̸̟̬̉͒esting

T̵̡̹̙̦̍̓͌̾͊esti̵͙̘̋̀͒͜n̷̛̝͓̋͑͠g̶̳͚͎͠

Ş̶̩̱̰͓͉͚̣̲̤͍̤̱̜̋̆̇̈́̑̐͗̓̕ing

Ș̵̨̃ing̴̘̲͙̫̪̫̝̱̖̗̅͐̀̿̽̃͘

As we tip̷̨̨̗̯̩̠̈́̏toe

the same ḅ̴͔̤̃́͠ranch,

a f̸̗̠̑̎̉̏͠ine line,

a risk beneath

h̵͍́͑̄̒̿̈̒̈́̕͝i̷̩̲̖͎̅̀́̌̋͠͝͠g̵͇̠̝̘̎̓̈́̈̍͗̌̚̚͝ẖ̵̬̖͒́̇̔͒͝è̶͙̝͔͚͈̽r̵̤͉͔̽̂̈̅͘̚.

As mourners

fell in

BΓⱯCK HOΓES,

down wells,

where social

feel like

FED҉E҉RAL

they urged keep

and ɔ̷̹͔̹͔͇̀̓̒̏͋o̵̯͙͚͑ɿ̶̨͙͒͋̇o̵̙̍̕͘n̵̡̻̱̮͊͋̏͋͗ɒ̸̼̗͘v̵̧̩̱͑́î̶̡̜̳̿̓̈̕ɿ̴̥̪͈̭̊̆υ̷̪̖̰͔͔̾̾̈́ƨ̴̲͌̍

soared

and d̵̛̖̰͍̺̳͓̦̩̝͐̐̈͗̌̈̽͋̔̏̽̀́̍̀̀̇̆́̓̈́͌͆̐̑̇ͅé̶̢̞̟̯͓̠͔̝͕̖̮͕̜̝̞̣͓̗̙̩͎̝̜͕̟̲̗̼͌̆͜a̶̛͓̜̖͈̮̞̗̗̘̙͎̰̠̘͕̣̯̼̭͎̥̮̗̯̯͊̇̄̀̀̈̾͗̿͘̚͜͠ths,

led by worsen,

whelms,

for flo̴͎̭͆̓̀͌̂̀̃͆̏̒͒́͒̈́̓͐̋̓͑͑̔̓̈́̒̚͘͝od

for the

ɔ̷̹͔̹͔͇̀̓̒̏͋o̵̯͙͚͑ɿ̶̨͙͒͋̇o̵̙̍̕͘n̵̡̻̱̮͊͋̏͋͗ɒ̸̼̗͘v̵̧̩̱͑́î̶̡̜̳̿̓̈̕ɿ̴̥̪͈̭̊̆υ̷̪̖̰͔͔̾̾̈́ƨ̴̲͌̍ q̴̰̾͠ą̵͎̋̋̄́͛͋͑͝n̴̛̲̼͇̦͉͖̫͂̌̑̅̉̂b̶͎̐̃͘͝e̸͓̲̩͖̗͆̿̽̓̀͒͊̃͐̇ͅm̶̛̫͎͓̀͛̓͆͠͝ḭ̴̢̳̣͎̯̱̪̌͂̈́̐̾͗̉̎̾ć̶̨̙̫̩̭̝͖͍̳̾̀͌́͝

for a phone call

scattered across the

afternoon,

heal the wire.

Today could last only

in mȍ̷̘̩̾́rning,

close-knit to

g l̵̟̖̙͋͑̂̑ory.

By week’s end,

tragedy

weighs its l̵̟̖̙͋͑̂̑ove.

Heal The Wire, winter/spring 2021. Images of this poem also appeared in Beir Bua Journal’s visual poetry issue.

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Alexis Fedorjaczenko is Contributing Editor for Visual Poetry at Beir Bua Journal. Alexis writes poetry, essay, and in hybrid methods, and her visual work includes handcrafted Poem Objects, analog and digital collage, visual poetry, and photography. Her essay-poem “Ways to Enter an Abandoned Mill” was nominated for Best of the Net 2021 by Zoetic Press. Alexis tweets @ObjetAutre. 

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