Cases | Jeremy Fernando 

and everything is green and submarine, 2022

on occasion when possible I write
not in capitals — for certainly am not
certain enough to sentence sentences
to death
might have to resign myself though
to the thought that each reference to my-self
— every time my hand inscribes an « I » — entails a
suicide note
being encased in cases
the convergence with myself I find uncanny
knowing me and not I alternately simultaneously
recovering one and losing the other — memories

they be tracing themselves into us springing
themselves on us when and as they choose to
sometimes invisibly
but perhaps with a certain care even
a certain care not to care a care not to
certainly care I shall let my thinkings rest
just so I might remain
in case

Jeremy Fernando reads, writes, and makes things. He works in the intersections of literature, philosophy, and art; and his, more than thirty, books include Reading Blindly, Living with Art, Writing Death, in fidelity, Tómate un paseo por el lado oscuro del camino, resisting art, Writing Skin, A Ghost Never Dies, and The feather of Ma’at. His writing has also been featured in magazines and journals such as Arte al Límite, Berfrois, CTheory, Cenobio, Entropy, Full Bleed, Poiesis, positions, Philosophy World Democracy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Qui Parle, Testo e Senso, TimeOut, VICE, and Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, amongst others; and has been translated into the Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Serbian. Exploring other media has led him to film, music, and the visual arts; and his work has been exhibited in Seoul, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He has been invited to perform a reading at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in September 2016; and to deliver a series of performance-talks at the 2018, 2020, and 2022 editions of the Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento in Buenos Aires, the latter at which he also curated a filmic omnibus entitled reading dreaming malaya. He is the general editor of Delere Press; curates the thematic magazine One Imperative; is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at The European Graduate School; and the writer-at and co-creator-of the private dining experience, People Table Tales.


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