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Impressions in the Language of a Lantern’s Wick

Jake Syersak

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“Could the concentrated undulate of air lining an airliner’s engine replace the force of air required of woodwinds? Or does any instrument belie a lung unhinged? Maybe we’re asking the wrong questions. Maybe the question is always of another else, other: like, am I more liable to inflate a musical tool with air or consciousness, idle wind or the precise measure of thought? In both situations, there remains a love of remains, of a vital need for holes. To comb, to cough into acoustics. This is how a word tastes like awe when on the reed, the precipice, the semblance. How a weather-vane gets twisted into a treble clef.”

Impressions in the Language of a Lantern's Wick follows a trajectory of thought: perceived material shaping the idea to the idea's expression upon the world that sparked it. Here, matter and thought are not separate, but rather, manifestations of an energy moving through the ecology of experience, an energy that Syersak often documents with kinetic language in transit between perception and thinking. That is not to say that this work is merely a document of process. Syersak flows in and out of lyrical fragments and a core interrogative: "Could the concentrated undulate of air lining an airliner's engine replace the force of air required of woodwinds...am I more liable to inflate a musical tool with air or consciousness, idle wind or the precise measure of thought?"

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