After Sebald

… moving on

– or maybe not …

because honestly; isn’t this poem, like so many exquisite works of art, just another variation of the troublesome Sebaldian story?

Maged Zaher

“Untitled”

I’m few déjà-vus from repeating my whole life
I need to study the shapes of things before death
Before declaring myself a better failure:
  waiting mostly for files to get uploaded or downloaded.
My movements are by the book.
I will remember history, all of it, before uttering the next sentence
And in its silence, I will navigate my headache
“something is not what it is”
And we are lost several worlds over
Exploring the art of other civilizations
After we subjugate them
And leave the trees behind
To carry on the sensitive task
Of clearing the air
Stop and think of the pointlessness of desire
We keep going, wasting days between orgasms
And thousands of poems
To keep the pleasantness of clothes
We are all implicated
In the father’s death,
The mother’s death etc.

Copyright © 2018 Maged Zaher

Kurt Johannesen, performance

Kurt Johannessen (1960), Norwegian artist.

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