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Writers Archives: Argo Spier

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Mastering this split image is the role which photographers of African origin have assigned themselves, sometimes against their better judgement, in order to avoid misunderstandings.

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Argo Spier | Growing visible

In the dark dawn glow / of a dying night / growing visible / a slight movement of a hand / gripping the image of a ram / dying under a lion’s claw

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Argo Spier | I took my ship down

I have left / and nosed my shuttle down / to the height of a foaming prairy / [my zoom like a noose around my neck] / from far I looked over the infinite rim / deep into the land’s seething pool / like foreign explorers before…

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Argo Spier | I have travelled

I have travelled [on a train / a whistling ship a rocket] / I have visited the earth / [a planet full of sawdust just like the moon] / and I divided the animals into species / the way I saw it…

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