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Blood test - Bell Lungs

from Faultline by Lisa Fannen and...

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  • Faultline is a collection of poetry published by Active Distribution/Sto Citas, November 2018. The poems are political and personal (and an examination of where those territories meet), observational and contemplative, and travel through explorations of social inequality, police violations, street homelessness in the US, environmental disaster, intimate experiences of queer sexuality, rites of passage and bereavement, also the power of guidance and renewal. Paperback, 127 pages.
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Blood test

Here we are this airless tower
airless and vacuum, the forces
made mute at the doorways and the windows
the spirits make it in
on the soles of our shoes, soil, maybe
in the occasional song.

Fourth floor funnel
the corridors twist and corner
old lino, the plastic seating that
scrapes on the flooring making marks
the blue walls, all those litres and litres of paint.

Everybody’s arm outstretched on the same
cushioning, a piece of withered couch-roll
unchanged between elbows
the tie of the tourniquet
the readying vein.

The LED summons, the call
that comes from behind the curtain
and back to back the sound
of glass vials filling, O and AO
attached, collecting, falling into trays.

We go in
one after the other after another
pale nurse breaking out needle after needle
drawing and drawing, sealing plastic lab bags

arm after arm
vein after vein
tiny strip lit cubicle.

It’s something specific sickness, sickly this
particular over and over, this particular
again and again
hour after hour.


from Faultline, released May 22, 2020
Voice recorded by Jer Reid.
Sound produced and mixed by Bell Lungs.
Bell Lungs
The music of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, sound artist and composer Bell Lungs encompasses influences from free improvisation, psychedelia, jazz, noise, drone, ambient and folk to create a nuanced sound world which draws on natural cycles, environmental disaster and the microcosmic aspects of relationships.She is a community musician working across Scotland, and frequently composes for theatre, spoken word and dance.


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