What are the consequences of silence?

Bhanu Kapil Rider
53.

Red Canna, I see you. Edge of. What I saw: a flower blossoming, in slow motion. 
Not specific enough. Okay. No. Cannot. Red Canna, I veer into you. I am not in 
one straight line. Red Canna, I see you. 1904. The University of Arizona Museum 
of Art. Opening in slow motion: are you okay? Are you okay? Can you hear me? 
(I can't)

That's how it begins: impenetrable.

The book of two words I happen to see, out of the corner of my eye, on a wall. Such 
slowness.

These words took years to arrive.

From A Vertical Interrogation of Strangers by Bhanu Kapil Rider, published by Kelsey St. Press. Copyright © 2001 by Bhanu Kapil Rider. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

From A Vertical Interrogation of Strangers by Bhanu Kapil Rider, published by Kelsey St. Press. Copyright © 2001 by Bhanu Kapil Rider. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Bhanu Kapil Rider