Score for Body as Durational Performance

by Willa Carroll

Take your time | to become mammal | first membrane | to last synapse | top predator | to big game | in a trophic cascade | weather the spiked crown | in hot spots | in epic centers | if we survive the season | find me in a yellow field | or a modern canyon | rub the velvet | from my horns | what does the soul call the tongue | red bridge | pet horse | wet instrument | sing to me from a distance | like a possessed bell | without a clapper | let us salute as sunflowers | salute across the crowded | room of a dream | we shed our black confetti | we touch as seeds touch | inside the body of a bird | fold your animal mind | with mine | mountain to mountain

Willa Carroll is the author of Nerve Chorus (The Word Works), one of Entropy Magazine’s Best Poetry Books of 2018. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Narrative, Tin House, The Slowdown, and elsewhere. A finalist for The Georgia Poetry Prize, she was the winner of Narrative Magazine’s Third Annual Poetry Contest and Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ7 Poetry Prize. Her video and multimedia work has been featured in Narrative Outloud, Interim, Writers Resist, and other venues. She lives in New York City. Sally Lelong is a visual storyteller working in a variety of media that lend themselves to use in a conceptual framework. She lives and works in New York, and routinely exhibits her work in a variety of settings from print to thematic installations to street art.

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