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Srikanth Reddy

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Srikanth Reddy

Srikanth Reddy is the author of Conversities (1913 Press, 2012), with Dan Beachy-Quick; Voyager (University of California Press, 2011); and Facts for Visitors (University of California Press, 2004). He teaches at the University of Chicago.

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Is is.

There is no distinction between ideology and image.


He records his name on a gold medallion.


The philosopher must say is.

The world is legion.

The self is a suffering form.

Is is.

Waves rise and fall, but the sea remains.
Then the pulse.
Then a pause.
Then twilight in a box.
Dusk underfoot.
Then generations.


Then the same war by a different name.
Wine splashing in a bucket.
The erection, the era.
Then exit Reason.
Then sadness without reason.
Then the removal of the ceiling by hand.


Then pages & pages of