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relationship history & other poems

By Annabel Banks.

relationship history

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Slacker

Thank you. So, let me begin by saying I am taking a philosophical approach to the recent outputs of this critic, and will be asking what the value is to the philosophical approach taken by James as he produced these outputs. I’ll be happy to take questions at the end. In the first instance, we must ask why the frameworks are applicable. Despite knowing that there are some further instances of this being utilised (and, often, undermined) by the knowing of the work and its further outputs, there are questions of philosophy which must be answered. In this presentation, therefore, I will be asking what are the questions that James has applied to the questions that make up the framework of his critical output regarding the work, and in what regard these instances and examples become pertinent to us looking at them, here, today. What manner of understanding can be gleaned from this overt manipulation of the reading, and what manipulation can we make of our own over understanding, in order to contribute to the critical output around this work? Let me begin, then, by saying that I am not saying that the philosophical approach outlined here will be the same as the approach taken by other scholars looking at this work. I am something of an outlier, an anomaly and this in one of the reasons I have been asked to apply my own frameworks to the framework of the overt (and , indeed, covert) readings by us of the readings of James of his reading of the work. I must confess that I know James. I have been in the fortunate (and, indeed, not so fortunate) position of understanding him well, of sharing a page and physical space with him He is a sensitive reader and a scathing critic, and when travelled he spent most of his time re-reading Finnegans Wake, which should tell you everything you need to know. He also had no problem with criticism, although his inputs were less robust, at that time, than his previous work had indicated. Subsequently, my own outputs were not as prolific as I had hoped for at that time. Here we see James working in our first house. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. This is at my niece’s second birthday party. Here we see James working.. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. This was our favourite restaurant in Exeter. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working, and that’s my elbow in the background. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. I wasn’t allowed to touch him. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working, and you can just make out the refection of me taking the photo in the study window. I had long hair back then. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working and me crying. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. The dog’s name was Horatio. Was hit by a car in 2009. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working in the gardens at Kew. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. Here we see James working. I took this the day I left. I think that’s just about all the time I have, so I’ll be happy to take everything now.

When it happens it might not

Drying up, she dropped the kitchen devil. The blade bounced from her bare foot. She is unmarked. No cut, no bruise. She keeps checking. She is unmarked. Checks again. Readies plasters, glue and sewing kit. Checks again. Flip-flops only for a week. Tries out a limp but it slows her pace. Meanwhile, the mathematician is going mad. He sits with no oranges and adds them to find no oranges. Nothing can’t be a negative, and this leads to bad counting. He can’t squeeze what isn’t there. Drinks the clear spirit on its own. At the same time tornado chasers are spreading butts on the bonnet of their truck, sprinkling salt on their egg sandwiches and arguing about homeostasis. Surfers free-paddle and laze, wetsuits unskinned to their waists. Candles, matches, fingers.

Duration

He wakes up and brushes his teeth. Opens a Diet Coke. Walks out into the garden to inspect the fences. The rocklines between soil batches are intact. The spiny motion of growing things is unpleasant. He takes his smallest scissors and cuts them back.

He brings the trimmings into the house, wraps them in a paper towel and places them at the bottom of the bin. There is a bottle somewhere but he doesn’t look for it. He puts on his coat and walks to work.
Home from work, ticky-boxes ticked, he brushes his teeth. Takes his evening inspection of the rocks and fences. Brick work needs attention. Another layer is needed, he concludes, to keep the compost deep and damp, and to prevent anything from growing. He makes up the cement, which smells pleasant.

He walks to the kitchen to get a Diet Coke. There is a bottle somewhere but he doesn’t look for it. He doesn’t have time. Will need to order more bricks, more Diet Coke. The paper towels in the bin smell of vegetable rot, despite being covered by yesterday’s tin. It’s not too unpleasant. He cleans his smallest scissors and puts them away.
Done for the day, he decides that a good meal and something sweet would make things pleasant before bed. Choice of a tin, poured over toast. There is a bottle somewhere but he doesn’t look for it. Two bites of chocolate. Diet Coke, scissors and bricks.

2015-05-23 18.51.01

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Annabel Banks is writing up her practice-based poetry PhD while teaching English and Creative Writing for Falmouth University. She has had work published in various places, most recently Inky Needles and Jungftak.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Saturday, October 31st, 2015.