I. Recruits

Illustration. ‘Glitched Still, 1. Recruits’ by Elena Gomez.

A distorted frame of a black and white film is represented. It looks like a glitching cathode ray tube television screen, with stunning purple and dark blue horizontal lines obscuring all the identifiable aspects of the film still.

You can’t go wrong. Right next to the
café you’ll see a girl with a basket.
You’ll both follow the policeman. At the
right moment, she’ll hand you a revolver.

Tartan-print bowling bag.
(White loose-sleeved
blouse, dark high-waisted
polka dot skirt.
Pearls around neck.)
    Airport

Wicker basket bag.
(light striped button-down
blouse, dark cardigan
casually thrown over
the shoulders.)
   Café

Dark drawstring beach bag,
scarf casually hanging from
the open. (Sleeveless
top, relaxed slacks, bleached
short wavy hair.)
   Milk bar 


II. Natural Sack

    collared, a patch of it

implied, a hand stitch, unconfirmed

  also: oats

‘seeds, roots’

        a bone hold

‘sprouts, shoots’
  bundled up
    neat snap

Brown snakeskin

in my arms, still: ‘leaves, nuts’
     ‘berries, fruits’

                           fawned, scrapped away

my belly gaped

  ‘grains, bugs’


III. Birkin Basket

Illustration. ‘Glitched Still, 3. Birkin Basket’ by Elena Gomez.

A distorted frame of a black and white film is represented. It looks like a glitching cathode ray tube television screen, with wavy deep blue, teal, and lilac shading. The image on the screen is stretched and distorted into soft undulations, and is no longer identifiable.

A cavern of ‘molluscs,
netting birds’

   flunk a tithe

and allodial myths

      ‘fish’ and across
the hall: ‘rats’

‘rabbits’ or a Suffolk hare

 ‘tuskless
small fry’                       
or we suffer here

cloaked, carve-ready

                forge a plucked form

a south field (measure

      at spinners)

latus                              fundus

silver beaded minaudieré

Alexa Chung’s Jane Birkin basket vs Algerian
      FLN soldier’s revolver basket 

‘how we wrested the wild
oats from their husks’


NOTES

Opening quote, descriptions of three women and screenshots are from The Battle of Algiers (1966, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)

‘seeds, roots, …’ from Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’

‘Alexa Chung Learns How to Dress the French Way’

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