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OTHER LOVERS, BY GRETEL MY

ways to have sex with another without transgressing bodily borders
in which the crossing of certain thresholds of touch with the desired partner
would break a taboo or disrupt personal relationships

or

to not touch oneself, to not touch another


1.
     whilst looking across the room to the otherlover
     this may be a representation rather than the actual
     rub the cleft of a peach against and along a sensitive tendon
     at the high point of friction
     consume the peach

2.
    place the tip of a thick marker pen under the middle of the bottom lip
    never losing contact
    drag the pen down over the chin
    momentarily out of sight as it traces skin underneath
    down the neck, the sternum, chest
    always on the midline
    exactly in between
    the you of you
    down over the stomach, in and out
    the dip of the bellybutton

    let it rest at the top of any genitalia
    of any still pressing
    lift the pen off and wait for the ink to dry

    get dressed as usual, and meet the otherlover

    the trail of ink
    implies a direction
    a continuation
    something to be followed
    the otherlover's gaze is an arrow following its course
    headless but stuck and pierced through all the same
    the otherlover will imagine you split open
    the possibilities of you being split open
    the skin as the largest genital organ
    that all parts of you touch all parts of you
    that you are continuous

3.
    co-ordinating via timetables left highlighted in bus shelters
    you will begin to take the same bus
    each day you will sit in the same seat
    on your way to work
    on your way home from work

    the otherlover sits a few rows behind you
    or in front of you
    but always in the same seat on the same bus
    on their way to work
    on their way home from work

    you will not face each other
    you will not see each other

    but each day as the bus reaches a certain point on it's journey
    you will both begin to silently mouth a set of words

    'A-THICK-STRATIFIED-SQUAMOUS-EPITHELIUM
    LIPS-ANTERIORLY-CHEEKS-LATERALLY
    PALATE-SUPERIORLY-TONGUE-INFERIORLY

    DEGLUTITION IS SWALLOWING'

    on the few occasions when someone unknowingly sits in your seat
    or the seat of the otherlover
    it is the duty of each of you
    to weep

4.
    in this instance, the otherlover must be in agreeance
    a space that is practical but not intimate or overly personal
    is necessary
    this is not an act of complicity, it is not an engagement
    but an unspoken negotiation of space

    it is best if both partners maintain a state of
    withheld eye contact
    to minimise risk
    to create a barrier

    first you must weigh yourself
    and specifically parts of yourself
    you must map your weight distribution
    it is not as simple as just separating
    or spreading
    limbs
    but when you have divided yourself
    successfully
    match the number of parts to cable ties
    or other restraints or slings or various
    things that will hold you

    project the shape of you
    onto the ceiling
    the points of attachment
    a constellation

   drilling holes accordingly
   hang ropes or
   sturdy wires

   in the daytime
   to minimise risk
   have the otherlover pantomime
   a bedtime ritual where
   when they are tucked into bed
   rested as if asleep
   you will rest above them
   suspended and asleep in reflection

   each pantomime of a somnambulant movement
   carries the possibility of danger
   when one moves towards
   the other must move away

5.
    a number of otherlovers
    including yourself
    can congregate in the compartments
    of a revolving door
    for a group session

    within the revolving door
    a number of otherlovers
    including yourself
    can enact a fast
    or slow
    dance

    each push will affect
    the dance
    any one person
    can slow it down
    or speed it up

    it is safe
    to press up against
    the various glass panels
    or the central shaft

    though you must remember
    that impacts are cumulative
    that there is a knock on effect
    that you must be careful of
    and with
    your feet

 6.
    the otherlover must be in the waiting room
    when you arrive for your appointment

    you will sit for some time casually reading a magazine
    occasionally you will cough into a tissue

    when you are called in for your appointment
    get up
    and  drop your tissue in the bin
    on your way to the door

    as you pass through the room
    the otherlover will get up
    and move over to the chair
    you have recently vacated
    the otherlover will take the chair for their own
    sitting in the dip made by your body
    sitting in the warmth left by your body

    after your appointment is over
    on your way out
    you will notice that
    the otherlover is no longer there

    glancing in the bin
    you will notice that
    the tissue is also missing
    from its place

7.
    if it is possible
    buy the house next door to the otherlover's
    or if it is possible
    the otherlover can buy the house next to yours
    the gardens must overlook in some way
    such as a line of sight into theirs
    from your bathroom
    not when you are bathing but when you stand

     at various midnights
     but always and only when
     the other is out
     not outside their house
     but somewhere else entirely
     on some other engagement
     or long errand

     you will go into the garden
     you will lay a towel or a blanket down
     by the swingset

     you will pretend to be or you will be a teenager
     in that clumsy nervous nonsexual way
     of losing your virginity
     you undress and lay against the bottom of the slide
     and lift your pelvis to meet the otherlover
     as if the otherlover was the sky
     or the swing that is moved by the breeze

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