Alexander Hetherington

Do it now, say it now, don’t be afraid & Perforated similes

Your Willow Skin. A proposition on aging, the page and the lens, making a live proposal.

 

It starts with saying: ‘I miss Adrian Howells, even though I never met him.’

 

I have worn everything you gave me – Elma Mitchell; I saw you from my window, Margaret. – Joan Ure‘Do it now, say it now, don’t be afraid.’ Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham; She is the skeleton key, the collective curse – Luljeta Lleshanaku; like Colette, we too will be gold and red – Alison Fell; In the museum is the jawbone of a child, undated. – Elizabeth Burns; As skeletal clouds unwreathe our exposure – Caitríona O’Reilly; When I was a little girl/ something untamed breaks through – Pauline Nashashibi.

(Sallows and osiers and barricades and spirals.)

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(for example, to live this intensely means to see more beauty but to experience more pain, for instance, your Magnetic Field)

(for example, the colour of saturns, for instance, the old man’s hands)

(for example in the extended notes for ‘Sonnets’ by RD Laing, he reminds us that beauty is not wise or truthful)

(for instance, to live like this is to live more vividly)

(for example, to live like this is to live with more generosity)

Say Everywhere What I Have Said

Say Everywhere What I Have Said

“It has been my face. It’s got older still, or course, but less, comparatively, than it would otherwise have done. It’s scored with deep, dry wrinkles, the skin is cracked. But my face hasn’t collapsed, as some with fine feature have done. It’s kept the same contours, but its substance has been laid waste. I have a face laid waste.” – Marguerite Duras, The Lover, 1984

 

Margaret was a scientist.

Alexander Hetherington