From the books

The following text was compiled and edited together from three novels. Written on the body by Jeanette Winterson. The Tree of Man by Patrick White. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.


What you risk reveals what you value.

One day, one clear, clean, sweet day in a good world in the midst of our living.

Will you look at us, the whole restless mob of us. /
Even the missing are there, the gone and the taken are with us. /
And even now, one of the here is leaving.

The journeys they made were beyond common sense; /
who leaves the hearth for the open sea? /
especially without a compass.

He tramps through the footprints of the city’s early morning rambles. /
He breaks into a run. His shirt-tail works its way out. /
His face had grown sharp with attention. /
Life had not yet operated on his face. /
He was good to look at; /
also, /
it would seem, /
good. /
Because he had nothing to hide, /
he did perhaps appear to have forfeited a little of his strength. /
But that is the irony of honesty.

Within a minute he’ll have it, /
and it’ll have him, /
and for a few seconds he’ll truly be a man.

Frontal bone, /
cheek bone, /
mandible. /
Those are his shields.

You can’t help but worry.

After making this text we decide to move it into the digital realm. Each line has been made into a ’slide’ for projecting in the space. Using the text to add another layer to the presentation…

2 Responses to “From the books”

  1. Dianne Says:

    Jeanette winterson on her book ‘Written on the body’:
    “Loving someone else destroys our ideas of who we are and what we want. Priorities change, friends change, houses change, we change. Part of the strangeness of being human is our need of boundaries, parameters, definitions, explanations, and our need for them to be overturned”

  2. a reader Says:

    destroyed and overturned


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