Manifesto II

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chuck palahniuk was

            buddha the late show host sang

                        lullabies

and we knew nothing

            we knew

                        nothing

of what would come

            afterwards because we neither read

                        the terms

and conditions of use of the world´s

            pace of the human

                        stain

we children of our time confused

            -of course-

                        language´s

binary opposition

            to talk or to remain

                        silent

verbal action or abstention

            with binary code

                        we atrophied

our tongues overloaded our

            thumbs and sealed the hormonal

                        howl

in text messages

            by the mid 2000´s

 

                        in some corner of silicon

                                    valley

                        our verbs will endure

                        once we´re dead

 

with us beati will be multiplied

            —antimicrobial preservatives prevent

                        degradation

by bacteria—

            our nails will be

                        relics

but the calendar won´t be elastic

            there won´t be altars mausoleums

                        statues

and the incorrupt

            bodies won´t be

                        venerated

because we

            offspring of the tower of babel´s

                        collapse

first witnesses of the end

            of language

                        will scratch

with these surving nails

            the hollow of each

                        niche

and in a language

            post language

                        —the digit´s

emporium reduced us—         

            in a tongue that won´t be

                        a tongue

we´ll reclaim

            our right

                        to oblivion

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Helena García Mariño
Helena García Mariño, Madrid (Spain), 1990. She studied Law and Political Science and Comparative Literature in Madrid, Spain. She’s graduated in May, 2017, in the MFA in Spanish Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. She´s currently working on her first book of poems, "the tongue in pieces."

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