Poetry / June 2012 (Issue 17)


Notes for a Minor Photography (A Hong Kong Delirium)

by Eddie Tay, with photography by the author

How, then, to begin?

The major everyday experiences of the city
in a minor key.

It is easy to see
how mobility is marked by borders.

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[Deleuze and Guattari: “Producing machines, desiring-machines everywhere…”]

To think, we are defeated by the image.

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To think, we are waylaid and beaten.

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Anyway, how does one think on the streets of Hong Kong?

With enchantment of skyscrapers.

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With a law of crossing streets.

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To think, it is possible to retreat to our homes

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and dream of new lines.

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But I am a desiring-machine.

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Vulgar and beautiful,
I am commerce and poetry.

I am an Oedipus-machine.

I am in a corner, in a spotlight,
a footnote beneath billboards and signs.

[Deleuze and Guattari: “Producing machines, desiring-machines everywhere…”]

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I am a quotation.

To consume, I eat photography.
 
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