Question & Answer 4 – S. J. Fowler

Question 4

How do we
brjekk the sömn
from öwllwö
without counting
nonsøl
as heimless
in birdhús?

– Aaron Kent

Answer 4

Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
Listen so……………………………………………………….there’s technology
I am……………………………………………………….waiting for.
That will……………………………………………………….translate
animals……………………………………………………….into human language.
There lives……………………………………………………….will be
worse.
But then……………………………………………………….your question
will be……………………………………………………….settled.
There lives……………………………………………………….will be
settled.
But then……………………………………………………….our question
will be……………………………………………………….worse.
There lives……………………………………………………….will be
ours.
But then……………………………………………………….your question
will be……………………………………………………….theirs.
Waiting for……………………………………………………….the technology
to catch up.

– S. J. Fowler

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Question & Answer 3 – S. J. Fowler

Question 3

How methodical
can I be
when öwllwö
become möllöm
and I try
to opaalí
everything
I pearløst?

– Aaron Kent

Answer 3

how does method
compliment
marriage?
how does new life
speak new
languages
without our
noticing?
every mother has ever been ever
speaking a new language
to a new child
and in this finding for them
a way into the poetry that’s not popular.

that that is supposed to rework
the boring utility miracle of language
into something that has no communicative use
is instead drawing
new life
into babytalk

– S. J. Fowler

Question & Answer 2 – S. J. Fowler

Question 2

but that place does exist / and it lives like a canary in the heart / of every coal miner who left my rotten town / and returned home to find it under lock / and key / and sweat / and tear / with the hearts of every indescribable youth / strewn across the flowerpot / car park / the church above the train tracks / where we met and should never have burnt the rope / either end / when I refer to you I refer to you / and you alone / is this how we watch it disappear / in the reluctance to hold onto anything / or let bygones be the future / and our presence exist under novels I wrote and you never read / / /

– Aaron Kent

Answer 2

let
us
be
methodical
like
the
purpose
of
science
which
underpins
fun
ding
through
pub
lic
trust
how
can
one
reason
from
first
principles
in
poetry?
or
bus
i
ness?
there
are
no
miners
in
the
earth
they
are
bird
free
and
rope
less
with
the
time
to
read
your
novels
the
mid
after
noon
that
every
one
pretends
they
want
but
would
not
want
for
free
time
kills
the
heart
and
mind
as
equals
pur
pose
less
partners

– S. J. Fowler

Question & Answer 1 – S. J. Fowler

Question 1

Do you remember the photograph
you took of us all on the stairs in the Poly?
I’ve got the first flurry of winter
pressed against our backs

and a flash of a camera
slapping me across the face.
You pushed everyone above the bar
and I performed through the night

wondering when I got so unsightly.
I can’t watch the clip of that night
for fear that I’ll see the hunchback
of Notre Dame looking back –

broken eyed like two piss holes
in the snow.

– Aaron Kent

Answer 1

There was no night / The night you refer to was not a night / Nor was it possible as the opposite of a day / It seems your memory has more than it needs

There was no bar / The bar you refer to was not an object made in the world / Nor is it possible to remember / As Cornwall is gone, washed out into the water

There is no video that you haven’t seen / Can’t bring yourself to watch / For if you haven’t seen it Aaron …

Cornwall never was a place / A poem recalls a place / And kills it /:

You’ve lifted feelings with your actions / Not your poems.

(When I refer to you / I refer to myself)

– S. J. Fowler