© Legacy Russell, 2011
Here’s how the dream ends:
It is Summer. Moisture is crucified in the air with two wooden clothespins and a wire hanger.
You are told there are trees in the city but everywhere you look you cannot see them and so you will all get into your little cars and drive up to the woods. In the woods there is a box. The box is a present already undressed. Climb in.
Inside you will hold your sweetie tight and tell her not to fear the Fall. You know everything will be dead by Winter, curdled and caked into coffins of frost and dirt: you will lie anyway and tell her not to fear the Fall.
Inside you sit by bodega-bought candle light and in this upside down Looking-Glass you’re Alice and a cigarette smokes you, wrapped in rolling papers like five-hundred thread count Egyptian sheets. When lips meet you will realize you have just pressed the stars of embers into your own skin. The scar will be a crescent moon.
Sometimes it is light inside the box. Sometimes it is dark inside the box. Some things will stick because they have to; other things will fall off. Those things you will leave behind. You will not miss them.
Goodbye, Summer. Spring, we are stuck on your station, you are the porn for when the dancehall goes quiet and the dream —
Organized by Stephen Wuensch, Sommerkampf is a temporary art exhibition space presented in collaboration with The Outside In, Piermont, NY. Sommerkampf will operate from June 9 to August 14, 2011. It will showcase the work of 5 contemporary artists from Manhattan and Brooklyn across 5, 2-week installations. Situated in a wooded area of Rockland County 15 minutes north of the George Washington Bridge, it was conceived of as a summer escape for city artists.
It is a space of experimentation.
Music: Little Jimmy Scott, Sycamore Trees