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Playing Avant-Garde or Theory of Dream

by UMAR ABUBAKAR SIDI

Freud’s theory of the dream

developed from a notion that the path of myth

stems from a psychic eruption of desire

buried in the darkroom

This is accessible only to poets

armed with the scalpels of visual poetry

A poem sketched with intuitive fidelity

to the principles of visual poetry

produces a landscape characterised by the hatred of the marvellous

In a conversation with a historian, Desnos,

or someone posing as Desnos, describes the landscape

characterised by the hatred of the marvellous, as a mask

found in the flea market

on the mask, there are trails & traces of brushstroke

In an extended view of the landscape of visual poetry

a bird is trapped in the transparent hand of a painter

when printed as a photograph

the bird is covered in silhouette

The hand is playing

caressing the soft beams of light

its potentiality is heightened by the surrounding aura

of the landscape characterised by the hatred of the marvellous

The landscape is peopled with creatures such as

leaf & stick insects.

A poet in a deserted street at night

curses monsters & insects lurking in the shadows as “bastards of the street of ill repute”

He curses painters who embraced the techniques of visual poetry

as art dissidents suspended in the void

He is unaware of the technique called “The Hand of God”

In the “The Hand of God,” a hand following Freudian dictates arranges a photograph of a landscape peopled with creatures such as

a bird, leaf & stick insects

on a mask found in the flea market

The bird is sitting next

to the head of the trunk-less woman

Somewhere, in a corner, Desnos or someone posing as Desnos,

discusses the image of a poet walking on a deserted street at night

without the support of bodily imagery, without recourse to myth,

without traces of visual poetry

thinking, in the landscape characterised by the hatred of the marvellous, poets are:

               The lost children

               Art dissidents

               Visual poetry must not be antiseptic

Umar Abubakar Sidi, a naval helicopter pilot, is the author of The Poet of Dust.

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