The Dreamer's Pursuit of a Self-Referentiality by SR

"The dreamer is the corpse of the dream, they are unrepresentable death. In the dream, my status as the object is the major modality. The unconscious is the subject. I am the drooling dog at my ankle."

Every image conceived in the dream functions as a text to be read. The texts of the unconscious and the letters inscribed on a page each are lined like lacerations, opening as obfuscations, imposing an interminable limit which resists reason's attempts to make sense—one must tear through the tissue towards what is most precious; the repressed, raw and searing heart of the matter.

Oneiric "automatism" does not merely conjure images and ideas in the mind, but becomes punctured, penetrated and conjoined by a heedless convergence of linguistic materialities: word, symbol, object, memory. The task is, in some sense, to carve through the manifest material of the dream to the belly of the muscle, seeking the spot where the navel is knotted, where the fibers of the multifarious strange, terrifying or downright banal forms seen in dreams lead to the adhesions constituting the symptom.

SR's project experiments with control and freneticism, meticulously cataloging her dreams for content to exploit and explode, unleashing their affects through associative and synecodchic strains of logic which conjoins poetry, automatism, the found object and academic extraction in a confessional and messy oneirotic text.

Somatotype for a Collage: A Theory & Specimen of Text by Leonard Klossner

with images by

Natalie Odom
Jason Jenkins
Xylon Otterburn
Augustus Brasfield

"Humiliated. Sunken. All of my life for this. You are not my murderer. I am my own. Because I led myself here. Apart from my own knowledge. Leashed and chained, subjugated to that which thinks where I am not, I have dragged myself through all of this impotent posturing to find myself already thrown at your feet: a carcass, your murder already."

A troubled text of theory-poetics interrogating its own collagic composition through the labor which produces it: the labor of the unconscious which subverts the text's author, the work of the contributors, and those who are cited or whose words are stolen and counterfeited as the author's own.

A text which mantles itself through a thorough dismantling, Somatotype for a Collage struggles to demonstrate the means by which something exceeds its own internal limit—soliciting beyond itself to find moments of connection that are no less terrifying for all their profundity—and how anything (a text, a subject, an artery, a cell) invariably weaves and winds its way into the beyond of its enclosure, finding its name there on the other side of itself.

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