Speculative Geologies

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      a
   geologist finds
gneiss overlying

gently inclined sheets of

may be excused if she     

wonder whether she is not really 

on her head.

whirlpools

eddies             flames

fluctuating, capricious, elastic, changeful 

linearity  is  one  of  the  peculiar  characteristics  of  the  modern  world

structure and flow

shape and flux

heat

noise

replication

reproduction

believed to be impossible for humans to reach the limits of the    

atmosphere, 

yet in this century we have seen men spend   

millions to touch the stratosphere

feet

36 miles a second, 18 miles a second, 90 feet a second

mechanics

theory

reality

gravity meeting the earth halfway

terra    mater 

matter

a slow race

it is believed that     

meteorites were blasted into the atmosphere 

sent up beyond the stratosphere only to fall back down at a 

later point in time.

things are as they are     because we are, 

we are as we are because things are

repetition, rhythm

heart beats

the person would have to be

clock men,

time women

‘no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an

end'

depth

integrity

surface

boundary

she recalls nightmares    

of being bodily caught 

up

in the great  

moine thrust

and crushed under the great 

earth       engine

look east to the    impact site

face east

as old as  

an english yard

from the tip of the nose to the  

outstretched hand

one stroke

of a nail file

erases human history

boundary

when a geologist

from volcanoes here on

one stroke

we move

duration

noise

2017 - present
Fionn Duffy & Charlie Cousins

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