The Book of Distance by Terrin Winkel (Leonard Klossner)


Images by SR, Natalie Odom, Jason Jenkins, Xylon Otterburn, Augustus Brasfield

A book of agony. A book of wishes. The demand to love in the face of impossibility, if not to love impossibility itself. A relentless, perhaps futile search: for oneself and for the other. The Book of Distance is a work of poetics, a meditation on longing, on the structure and process of connection, and a dramatization of the aching pursuit towards a dressing or a healing of a wound that cannot close. More than anything: a wound which unknowingly compels us towards this pursuit.

The distance and dimension of this wound, maybe more than anything, wrenches open the space in which relation becomes possible. Without this incessant pain, there is no possibility for beauty or for love. And maybe desire is the name for this wound whose recurrent bleeding waters the gardens of communion. Is it that pain - could we even ask, at the outmost limit, if death - promises renewal, that death mothers life? These are the questions which haunt this text.

Here are the tongues, a collection of teeth wrenched from many mouths. Here are the gruesome limbs reaching from the mutant body, grasping always elsewhere, seeking fresh skin to sew upon its own. Even now this text is not complete: it will have always awaited your arrival. You are here, and yet it awaits you still. You are here, and yet you are missed already. In some sense, you are already gone. Here, then, is our book of distance.

Publication date: Mid December-early January.

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