The Periodic Table As Assembled by Dr. Zhivago, Oculist
The Periodic Table As
Assembled by Dr. Zhivago, Oculist

by Jena Osman


here are the elements that contribute to sight

IA
1
Harness
3
Links
11
Narcotics
19
Kings
37
Robber barons
55
Computer scientists
87
Frenchmen

there is a field that's protected by a screen
the screen sheds light
and bodies,
their shadows,
are available
but only partially

IIA
4
Bees
12
Miligrams
20
Casks of amontillado
38
Seniors
56
Babies
88
Rayguns

partial knowledge of a body
barely makes an element

IIIB
21
Scientists
39
Youth
57
*Lags
89
#Acids

am I losing my sight?
here is an element that occludes sight

IVB
22
Titles
40
Zeroes
72
Halves

he said if you have a sudden loss of vision
this is reason for concern
and perhaps the schedule can be changed
to allow for that.

VB
23
Valerians
41
Northbound
73
Tallies

he said a sudden loss of vision is what
permits the schedule to open up
according to a screen behind which the bodies
are occluded due to backlighting

VIB
24
Crying
42
Moping
74
Waiting

I've never seen before quite like this
with a small speck distracting my focus

VIIB
25
Minimum
44
Take cares
75
Refusals

and the speck is the part of the screen
that distances the viewer as if watching
another medium, a film, a silent picture

- VIII -
26
Fears
27
Corals
28
Nightmares
44
Ruins
45
Rhodoras
46
Paid
76
Ossicles
77
Irks
78
Points

Sight is in the manuscript, the figure of the letter. The letter, first a 'T' falls into a 'D' and this is the act that gives away the inside. The incident of writing, the proximity of its occurence and the distance with which it is perceived. The letter alters in its resistance to resolution. Identity into form, a particular capture. The letter is a concentrate distilled from a solution.

IB
29
Cucumber
47
Aggressions
79
Authors

Heiroglyphs relative to periodic elements, relative to caricature.

IIB
30
Zeniths
48
Cads
80
Haggles

Caricatures floating.

IIIA
IVA
VA
VIA
5
Bits
6
Ceases
7
Negatives
8
Odds
13
Alerts
14
Sirens
15
Positives
16
Sevens
31
Gaskets
32
Gears
33
As you like its
34
Sevens
49
Indecencies
50
Snaps
51
Subordinates
52
Teakettles
81
Telepathy
82
Publications
83
Bitters
84
Pottles

VIIA
Zero
1
Hero
2
Heros
9
Felons
10
Negatives
17
Clues
18
Arms
35
Brilliant assumptions
36
Kremlins
53
Isomorphs
54
Xenophiles
85
Atlantics
86
Replays of my own behavior

I see a phrase and ingest it, but the phrase is only itself, non-invested, non-employed. There are those who maintain phrases with competency and allure. My hand holds up a phrase for display and auction. It rings well. Dorian Gray's face is covered with words. Long periods of time revolve around the tangible. Architecture, science, documents of record...




In the boat of toxic preservative
the man finds the corpse to be his own
On the stairs in his childhood home
he meets himself behind damaged hands
In the car and tailed by a truck
he thinks of who he should have been
if only he had been who he should have been
Out on the heath and running after the horror of his own creation
he rejects his own actions
"He's none of me, even as I might have been"

The confusion of personal narratives
disrupts the sentence or the film
whichever you are attending

Here is the doctor writing a poem;
he said if you have a sudden loss of vision this is reason for concern
and forgets to see beyond the window a great transition in historical time
Many people are dead and he has taken care of them
but this is what he wants:
to be released
from his obligation
which is a distraction
from the poem _______that we cannot read--
although he speaks English
he writes in Cyrillic

his poem is an analogy that doesn't function


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