Necessity Defense of Institutional Memory

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So the free may remain free

say the nightmare is
the dream

so we are preserved

he who believes takes a life

so a life may be saved

the girl becomes an object

so the greatest devastation occurs

let go her fingers    their slim cleave

so I may be replaced
by a machine    which in its violence    behaves
more like me

the longer you live    the more these lies
come alive

so the past splits in two:

one stays in the past and dies

one past shapeshifts    walks with you. – Camille Rankine

[Photos: A place + a memory. Outside of Tembi, Indonesia//Grace Farson]

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