KAREN HANNAH
 
 TEXT
 
    off s ite: setting up outside the tunnel
 
OFF S ITE: SETTING UP OUTSIDE THE TUNNEL



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     wood to     an unsanded base chest of drawers      Wood





  across mirror                                                    song,



   finger

                                  goes to        microphone tap





      voice             s
    rounded




                                testing     one









made such full circles that it cleareArm circling through darkness



   you are not                            there







  but,








                Muted breath against window        who is


         behind me









    what reflection




    A room emptied with voices           is a landing.








                                                                         First

                sailed through the birth


                        canal of breath                  no,
                                                                     breathing





                                                  .Fibers of wood close

                                               their contractions
                                           born into floorboards



2]


         piano keys           its      submerged        water,








               dream held under




                            .buttons.       you selected choices





     Machinery    is granted, grants








   The flower bud opens flower into
                            into flower              but


                     it is harsh overhead.           As you look







          dirt drops from beneath fingernail beds



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                              fin cutting
      dorsal left        fish    left eye                    right along scales


                  Head thrust




                                   up through, ,little gasp

                                            On tongue





            the                   rolls off/
                              through the fleshy tunnel    You say I


                              in between wet         blades of grass



                                             fuck up whistle











                A fire
   lowers itself to wood
                Pursed     lips



                     blow toward    what is simmering


                                                                         yawn





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                                                     voice     s    ushered in




                        now pound upon keys





  you built voice In

                  they only reflect one letter at a time



                                                                  s







               whimper    in the trees, you said



               wiping the window           circlets
                                                          down
               with a single cloth



                  somehow the breeze slipped            the sill













Wathching a leaf serviced by wind         resettle
                             again


                                             Who kicks up a leaf knowing





        Meanwhile the landscape is trying to get it right    and slip

  page












             The electricity turns off and then fade   s



the typing



                       and you said,      everyday




Hurled it out                                      there.



          All at once
will not return
          to that warmer part of the mouth from

which




                               5[   Wa(l)ked into stage direction
left                        a trail of smoke    after a







                             leaves the      tunnel melodrama.



                                                     You climb the stair    s

trail of phobia beyond body













                               Quick     present laughter



















                           becomes the haunting throat



















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       s              cup set down   is   backward



you sudden    fast forward


and the     v                          explodes

                                           all
                            over
                                  the skies


behind me
you           poured the liquid







what happened   because the clouds        drifted
where I eye them









                                           The seat beneath
                                                 takes you

                             way in,              wanting






                 the first few drops
                 to reach the bottom
                 are modest, loud

                 once these absorbed
                 no longer they
                 cannot say
                 I know that as the spoon twists one way
                 I know that as the spoon turns back





a full cup could
burst an eardrum






                                                                 [
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               7



pieces of


               vibrate as you walk back           Or forth





               Until the wholeness of the line







    envoy




my many heads kept nodding,
time







                               Yes   you wanted   you wanted yes







                        s     till now
                                 here              a sustained stream of







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can barely get this breath     out                          hands along






       as you create it,      the wall grows ghostly frail        thin






We can hear you somehow you know there are




                          fields evolving around
                        and a city beyond the edges







                        whatever





is stirring    around
                                               is creature







                                        Heartbeat,

                                          swallow






                          Darkness imitates a center           where is this




  You leave the room.











under the door     I see

                       legshadow wave through light







forgetting the,







Abandon
the room




                       is left on          and   glances inside itself






blink









                                          s [[[[9



                                    voice


                    attempted landing,    first




       Irregular heartbeat

                                   hold it.


                                                        Steady
                                         now



                      There's a beginning



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s     ,to the other side of a stitch            now we come


                                       animated yawn







                      Your vocal cord splits right down the middle