Paula Koneazny: Diorama


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Here are five photographs. The first one shows you how to do it.

In the second photo, individualism (1824), socialism (1831) and anarchism (1834) aren’t desperate yet, merely delayed. “Words consume only half of each vowel,” you say.

In the third, the charred remains of your timepiece trundle along a conveyor belt.

The fourth photo attends to the question of culpability.

The fifth photograph portrays a family of filter feeders. “Sure,” you say, “they have that ten-year look.” Because to call a zoo a facility does not portend felicity.

The nonexistent final picture makes you feel nostalgic. It’s a freshet (what other bird could it be?).


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