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THERE WAS DURING A SUDDEN

Beth Marzoni

 

 

There Was During a Sudden

Of matter, that human narrative—only a story
& a separate universe. In it, then happened to be

& the field is a similar kind of light,
instantaneous & unbearable. In it repeated
collisions, an acoustic spectrum, the hope of patterns
tapping at a door in Geneva. In it a war,
2008 wars, their sieges & cinematic qualities
unbearable. In it Julys—many.

Somebody looking, somebody a provocateur,
celluloid, pictures: of agony, of a forest
fire, or underground, or in 1986, made
of molecules & mystery & kaput. In it
sonified. In it all that might
not otherwise be evident.

 

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There Was During a Sudden

Of matter, that human narrative—only a story
& a separate universe. In it, then happened to be
& the field is a similar kind of light,
instantaneous & unbearable.
In it repeated
collisions, an acoustic spectrum, the hope of patterns
tapping at a door in Geneva. In it a war,
2008 wars, their sieges & cinematic qualities
unbearable. In it Julys—many.

Somebody looking, somebody a provocateur,
celluloid, pictures: of agony, of a forest
fire, or underground, or in 1986, made
of molecules & mystery & kaput. In it
sonified. In it all that might
not otherwise be evident.

 

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There Was During a Sudden

Of matter, that human narrative—only a story
& a separate universe. In it, then happened to be
& the field is a similar kind of light,
instantaneous & unbearable. In it repeated
collisions, an acoustic spectrum, the hope of patterns
tapping at a door in Geneva. In it a war,
2008 wars, their sieges & cinematic qualities
unbearable. In it Julys—many.

Somebody looking, somebody a provocateur,
celluloid, pictures: of agony, of a forest
fire, or underground, or in 1986, made
of molecules & mystery & kaput. In it
sonified. In it all that might
not otherwise be evident.

 

__

There Was During a Sudden

Of matter, that human narrative—only a story
& a separate universe. In it, then happened to be
& the field is a similar kind of light,
instantaneous & unbearable. In it repeated
collisions, an acoustic spectrum, the hope of patterns
tapping at a door in Geneva. In it a war,
2008 wars, their sieges & cinematic qualities
unbearable. In it Julys—many.

Somebody looking, somebody a provocateur,
celluloid, pictures: of agony, of a forest
fire, or underground, or in 1986, made
of molecules & mystery & kaput.
In it
sonified. In it all that might
not otherwise be evident.

 

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There Was During a Sudden

Of matter, that human narrative—only a story
& a separate universe. In it, then happened to be
& the field is a similar kind of light,
instantaneous & unbearable. In it repeated
collisions, an acoustic spectrum, the hope of patterns
tapping at a door in Geneva. In it a war,
2008 wars, their sieges & cinematic qualities
unbearable. In it Julys—many.

Somebody looking, somebody a provocateur,
celluloid, pictures: of agony, of a forest
fire, or underground, or in 1986, made
of molecules & mystery & kaput. In it
sonified. In it all that might
not otherwise be evident.

 

 

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"There Was During a Sudden" was made from Rebecca Mead's article "Particle Follies" published in the January 28, 2013 issue of The New Yorker.