November 23, 2020. UP THERE

“Netherlands Inverted” by Conal Gilliland

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"Portrait of a Panic Attack" by S.J. Saighead
Lying on my back and the ground
coarse and cold
and a calf perched on my chest

and struggling for breath and my brain
is starved for oxygen and tired,
red hot

And all I can see is clouds,
grey and low, trying
to inhale for 5
and exhale for 5
and inhale for 5
and exhale for 5

pulling the sky into my body
and revealing
whatever is up there.

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“Cloud Island” by Athena

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"The Rudiments of Levitation" by M.A.A.
an accident in earthform sorcery
poor moldwork, avoidable travesty
golem's palms melted into blades
outdone wishes and cutting days
mistranslated signs slid on
errors from jyutping to khitan;
a docile tutorial, upwards the lens
blurred in the sky, sogdian text
tranquil air with pressure too tense
here's a cloth that shows the rest;

arms extended
as the throne floats 
airwaves push forth
a soft wooden song
and there is a view
worth a thousand lines
to be read backwards 
once in a while;
arms extended 
all ravines gather       (pity)
lurking, loitering       (light tones)
one would share secrets  (inaudible rise)
      if there was an agreement
on what is hidden        (all coming down)
as cold winds enlarge    (on liars)
their mouths             (hands)
sentimental howling      (in denial)
is let out;
arms extended
a gravel guard's wave
nails to the seat
horizon calm and tame  
on the wasteland - a short stay
penumbra comes to fray
stashes it away
and now
we have an agreement
"tell me all 
there is to it"

sudden zoom out from the cloth, landscapes retreat like a vanishing dew
evaporated particles, haematids merge with introspection's craft
witness the creation of mental art, down drops the luck of the few
eyelids towing in the scene, grip tightens on the clay man's arm
see-through holes on the heart line, but what is a few cuts for a view 
enticed for a lifetime?

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“Up There” by Vian Borchert

Up there in the sky
do you see a bird
or do you see a fly
perhaps a dove
or even a butterfly
that lost its wing
its way
its destined trip
An eagle soaring
there seems to be a prey
down there...
Clouds that look like elephants
Clouds with shapes of camels
I see them so clear
How pretty and fluffy they are to me
Up There in the sky
at night, do you see the stars
so bright, so twinkling
shinning dazzlingly and
sometimes dimming
The moon comes clear
with its face as handsome as it can be
looking down at us 
while we point to it up there
in the night sky
so clear 
so bright
bringing us much needed light!

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Next exhibition theme: BLEAK

Deadline: Midnight, December 6th

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Published by artisticdifferencescurator

My name is Seรกn and I am the creator and curator of the Artistic Differences Project. I started this project during the lockdown in Ireland due to COVID-19 in March 2020 as a way to get my friends and I creating during a troubling time. From there the project as gone from strength to strength and now we publish a new exhibition every two weeks.

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