And though we find the pain, must we let it—
Out of the silent planet, the earth hums.
The drone dances its tributary ballet to the flagship orchestra.
It has never heard what it has not been taught. It dances anyway.
There is one road, the only road we know.
If it could call only upon you, wanderer…
How, if ever, would you recommend this drone live?
The sun, in final eclipse, dims like the rest of us.
There are tea parties, or obituaries to attend to—
I haven’t received invitation. I wait. I continue waiting.
There is much to share, and much to see on the
purple horizon. Eyes in sky clouds of sperm, crawling.
We have one remarkable day, if only to choose.
A day that sits and studies and stares and tips its hat.
Farewell, we have risen
to experience a shadow the sun will never see.
The empire left
standing is the
sun in glorious sear,
forgetting its purpose.
My shadow is just beyond the silent planet, burning
its way into my head. My spirit, a dark epigram
treating that which brings life into cataclysm, and
that which takes life into the depths of a new star.
If indeed we disappear, and there is a world unseen
we fall madly between, I shall no longer ask of material
colony. I shall bury the tools of living in a cold ditch
and set forth a map that predicts accounts of the future.
The drone has been reprogrammed and given a
recurring decimal. It overwhelms; now imprisoned to a
glass cage and buried just beyond the pyre.
It is set to be released exactly a century to date.
I am born a new species of the future,
once again waiting… in the moment of
augury… prophecy and era of esoteric
I have seen
now show me
by LORIN DREXLER
Jeremy Mann (redrabbit7.com) is a painter best known for his moody, dark cityscapes. Mann graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Fine Art painting and later attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Working on wood panels, Mann employs various techniques when creating his pieces, including staining the surface, wiping away paint with solvents, and applying broad marks with an ink brayer. Mann uses vivid, atmospheric colors and is often inspired by the city of San Francisco, where he currently lives and works. In addition to his urban scenes, he paints still lifes and portraits of young women in his impressionistic manner. He has exhibited at venues around San Francisco and throughout the United States, such as the John Pence Gallery, the Studio Gallery, the Christopher Hill Gallery, and the Principle Gallery, among others.
What is Gen Society?
Gen Society is an art space blog for visual art and creative writing collaborations, and other randomizations. Hosted by writer and musician Lorin Drexler, this online venue is an expressive experience for those interested in the world of the arts. It is a literary journey through the hearts and minds of contemporary artists in practice and a reflection of those who have long passed.
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