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REPAIR / MICHEL BUTOR


for Edmund Alleyn

 

break lightbeam stitch

rip

stop!


a drop of milk

burn nickel a drop of milk

soldering


a long time ago a

drop of oil

black to sleep I row away

stitch


stop!

a drop of honey

white tube slow transfusion

split

hold it


a drop of alcohol

grey chromium split

rupture

I can't stand it

a drop of tincture

violet to die v


break

I can't

a drop of acid

indigo electrode I'm trembling

burn

I don't want

a drop of lead


blue steel a drop of blood

a drop of mercury

no

a drop of ink

green to dream rupture

doctor


z

I'm sleeping

yellow needle insufflation

the doctor

y


I'm sailing

orangish copper I'm burning

have mercy

x


I'm swimming

red to live u

don't hurt me too much


hold it

I'm dropping off

nickel probe break spare me w I row now

to sleep platinum a drop of water leave me alone I can't stand it I'm trembling

chrome to continue I'm suffering cure me v I'm burning up


to die forceps injection help me I can] I'm suffering

steel silver scorching don't just leave me like this I'm panting

I don't want to endure t I breathe deeply to dream I hear


t valve I pant I shudder copper I drain way

no gold burn I bleed to live I'm going under

don't just leave me like this drain I relax I turn over platinum t

help me titanium branch off u to continue


cure me throttle I hear w silver x

leave me uranium answer y to endure z

save me scalpel I shudder no gold injection

don't hurt me too much germanium measure out I don't want titanium insufflation

have pity blister I drain away I can't uranium slow transfusion


the doctor tin take aim I can't stand it germanium innoculation

doctor joint I bleed hold it tin resection

projection tungsten hold it electrification tungsten cauterization

pulverization knuckle I'm going under cicatrization 1 rotation

stimulation throttle accelerate ventilation slight impregnation

calcination oxygen I turn over evolution 2 sublimation


All hail in passing our mother the Milky Way


sublimation wire cease calcination a touch of stimulation

evolution dial injection pulverization 3 projection

impregnation motor cut hold it still somewhat red

a drop of ink pump insufflation once more 4 orangish

ventilation wound sleep useless only a bit more yellow


a drop of mercury rip perfusion green 5 blue

rotation soldering breathe indigo 6 violet

a drop of lead stitch innoculation grey 7 white

cicatrization split lie down black 8


gently

a drop of acid rupture perforation

a long time ago


9

he sleeps


cauterization break get up


it was a long time ago

10

he moves

a drop of tincture heat resection

far from here


11

very far from here

electricity a fibula

perhaps this was in some other world

12

probably this was in some other world

z black electrification

unquestionably this was in some other world

13


it couldn't be anything else but some other world

a drop of alcohol b tibia

I was wandering upon a long river

14

along shores covered with dark green trees

resection white cauterization


I was rowing

I sleep

I wasn't alone

y c kneecap

in a flimsy canoe

wound

and we glided in tranquility upon the waters


a drop of honey grey cicatrization

while frightening the wild ducks and otters

I sail on

amid fragrances of pine-needles

perforation d femur

and there was in the sky a star named the sun


rip

which descended very gently among the peaks

x violet rotation

and amid the reeds onto the sand

I swim


some lively lizards and gentle turtles too

a drop of oil e sternum

slight

soldering


a little

innoculation indigo ventilation

just a little more


I'm dropping

off a little more still

w



—translated by Michael Benedikt

 








 

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