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2004 Writers' Forum
Ezra Mark

Ezra Mark is a signifying practice, as specific yet as general as the words "alone" and "bread." He is a dedicated walker and is given to negotiating the field of language in a similar manner. A co-founder of the Subtext Reading Series, he is the author of Intention, Narthex, and Two. Ezra Mark
photo credit: dean wong
Conversation with Curator Belle Randall
In this interview, recorded March 3, 2004, Ezra and Belle discuss: technology and writing, point of view, philosophy, genre, sound sense, music, and more.
Listen to an excerpt of Ezra's reading (MP3)
3:54 / 1.9MB
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Do you hear it? There — in the background — a sort of hum, almost a voice, there, at the threshold of hearing as if you’ve tuned in between two different radio stations...............................................................................................
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She looks into a mirror, pronounces the word "she." Presses her finger to the mirror; feels the edge of the space between the surface of the glass and the silvered back.

She translates, she endures.
Smooths the blank page with her hand.

The book approaches us, but it disintegrates as we reach (for) it. Each fragment becomes its own book....

Scattered, on the horizon — the dream of reading...

one more reason to forget

writing

the blank page beneath

maybe. Sienna.
ochre. burnt.
roses. October.

blanc. Blanchot.
trace. writing.
trace. prayer.

neither writing nor speaking

waiting defers

a relation of sorts



out of

out of

Voice from offstage: Is there a third?

The world is that which arrives.

Hand tracing the shadow of the hand on the page.

To read is to be the translator of a translation; the book a hall of mirrors, each page a sheet of glass.

the sound of particles impacting on a surface

Moving, hesitantly... feeling one’s way through space as it retreats into the distance.


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It is the noise of particles deforming.

To read more work from the 2004 Jack Straw Writers Program, contact Jack Straw Productions to purchase a copy of Volume 8 of The Jack Straw Writers Anthology.

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