Poems and Texts

“Tongue Pictures” by Quinn Latimer

Tongue Pictures

[After John Chamberlain]

That we take hold of the edge—orange-bright

As the tongue touching the knife—

And pull it closer. It edges away, as edges do.

O tacit, O implicit, the holes bespeak

The volumes: the sky.

Bespoke as the case of you: the field

Edged by highway and waterway

And mineral, where we do drink

You. The artist said: I liked it

Because it had no subject. The critic liked it

Because without a subject he could not

Criticize it. In some future present,

Foreign moons nod their heavy heads,

Continue their lucid grooming.

Later the sun in august argument

Between you, debating the gods of childhood

And adulthood, and how the whiplash

Of memory (so edgy) and its slim sister,

Meaning, might best

Betray you.

Photo: Josh Redman

Quinn Latimer

Quinn Latimer is a poet, art critic, and editor from California whose work often explores feminist economies of writing, reading, and image production. Her books include Like a Woman: Essays, Readings, Poems (Sternberg Press, 2017); Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder, coedited with Adam Szymczyk (Sternberg Press, 2014); Sarah Lucas: Describe This Distance (Mousse Publishing, 2013); Film as a Form of Writing: Quinn Latimer Talks to Akram Zaatari (WIELS/Motto Books, 2013); and Rumored Animals (Dream Horse Press, 2012). Her writings and readings have been featured in exhibitions at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Serpentine Galleries, London; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France; the German Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy; and will appear in the Sharjah Biennial 13, Part 2, in Beirut in October 2017. She is editor-in-chief of publications for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.

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