THE OUTLANDS - we watch them going in a bubble of breath held -

THE OUTLANDS
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THE OUTLANDS
THE OUTLANDS

It appears briefly as if from a distance the image from a distance. Spike’s twist, bag’s knotted handle, veneer-boards on concrete, squatting body. Then gone again. It appears on the screen a trace in itself. Saying something is about to happen. A corner of cloth will suffice. Suffice for the mouth. Run under a cold [...]

THE EXECUTION OF K. S.
THE EXECUTION OF K. S.

01 The patent office holds the published application for a mechanism that its author claims transmits radio signals. While the invention’s function is easily named, its method is unusual and not related to those on which our familiar transmitters are based. Two discs mounted with overlapping radii spin on uneven axes, coming into contact intermittently. [...]

YOU’RE DOING SOME DANGEROUS WORK, K. S.
YOU'RE DOING SOME DANGEROUS WORK, K. S.

1. Caught on a spike here where buildings are flattened, on timber junk sediment island where iron spikes secured buildings’ posts to concrete. One iron spike twisting out of concrete, caught on it from amongst the trash crossing with the prevailing winds, a bag with handles knotted. Trash cast across where buildings stood now flattened, [...]

THE DETECTIVES
THE DETECTIVES

1 [Cave: dark. Flickering light. Sand. Grains lodged in mechanical components. Disks spinning. A faint crackling sound. The pods. Fragments of scaly flesh.] FIRST VOICE – Do we have company? SECOND VOICE – We do. The company of one. THIRD VOICE – His name is Williams. FIRST VOICE – His business? SECOND VOICE – Work. [...]

JONAH
JONAH

Jonah’s cheeks have grown hollow. He was a wealthy man before this episode. He has been delivered from his trials, yet they weigh heavily on him. Ever since he left the oceans he has suffered an unbearable thirst. Walking barefoot across the city, he has developed scleroderma on the soles of his feet. And on [...]

EL TOPO
EL TOPO

The trapdoor to the bunker is disguised by moss gathered from nearby and arranged so as to look natural. Moss is in good supply. The bunker is a subterranean complex. In the past, there must have been more evidence of its extent: a visible platform, the remnants of a rotating turret with apertures for the [...]

FRANCESCO
FRANCESCO

Francesco Kulla approaches the lighthouse. Its white crystal eye marks a termination of his journey. And the other, the ruby eye, object of his devotion, was the sign that he should first depart. He has been on the road for years, perhaps decades. In any event, when he tells it, he will exaggerate. Proceeding step [...]

BERNIE
BERNIE

The poet’s voice splits. It happens in a way that allows him to mark the moment precisely. He is reciting a line. Sister’s gonna kiss, my ruby red lips. Bernie N. Galls’ voice split. It diverged. An alien sensation. There were two voices: one emanating from his larynx – a voice familiar to him – [...]

TROUVAILLE
TROUVAILLE

Trouvaille Le Blek has been witnessed before walking with a bag of pebbles. A drawstring bag. Or if not witnessed carrying the container (it must surely equal his own weight) then loading it, or unloading it. He is a figure in the distance. Amongst his skills, Le Blek judges the divide beyond which a witness [...]