Cells of Release

Fiona Templeton

 

       

 

an installation created in the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, in collaboration with Amnesty International.  One cell per day for 6 weeks, I installed and wrote a poem on a continuous length of paper, weaving it in and out of an entire block.  Each cell also contained materials for appeal for a current Amnesty case.

 

Prison Sentences 1995

Photographs by Bill Jacobson

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I aim the pen to the telling again

and can't write those words

to read this close to the skin

I'm shaking this close to the moisture

the small hairs

the membrane

in the time of skin to skin holding

how

the very lip in the very fingers

held

this gap

this time

this blank

space of infinitesimal articulation

of the hand before the mark

between curved and straight

between form and spill

between agreement and will

between relation and thing

hand held as if to avowal

to signature

under pain of

under pain of sense

must turn to itself

inside returns sense

to itself

returns senses

eye to eye

speaks back

looks up

looks up

speaks out

message

passage

message

passage

message

passage

mouth into mouth

tongue to ear

handed back

from here at the innest of the body

without altering its course

at the boundary of the world

where the downwards

climbs

from here in hell

at the boundary of the body

where the inwards

replies

plies its way

reply your sense

of space

of touch

curves

cups

catches

whispers back

refrains