The Procedure

Walking aimlessly
through cities, towns and rural communities of America,
I run into some people.
I invite them to write.
We sit down, they speak to me and I write down by hand everything they say.
Each time they pause to breath, I go to the next line:
nothing is recorded
no questions are made.

The next day, the poems are printed in chapbooks.
The writer reads them aloud  in a presentation in a round of nine chairs in a public space.
He gives away the books to everyone that came to listen.

The project continues its path
and the books are distributed in other places.
The writers get spokespersons, chosen by affinity.
The spokepersons read the poems aloud in new rounds of nine chairs
set in other towns and villages.

At the beginning, in an encounter,
spoken word becomes written word.
At the end, poems make possible an encounter
where the written word becomes oral.
Poems are at last between two persons instead of two pages.

(Reunión. 2015)



Reunión is composed of various acts that involve conversation, reading and writing: daily actions –though at the same time out of the ordinary- that always involve being face to face. Dani Zelko writes down poems that others dictate to him. They dictate to him as the conversation develops and then finally ceases. After fulfilling his task as a listener and copyist, he edits the books the following day and prints them with his backpack-printer. The books are presented to neighbors, family and friends of the writer in a circle of nine people. The writer reads his poems out loud, he listens to himself and the others hear him for the first time.
The second part of the project consists of an extension of the first acts in other places. Writers' poems are read out loud by spokespersons, emissaries and people who lend their body, eyes and voice to read in a round of nine chairs the poems of people who are absent. A chain of actions, subjects dictating and reading, a scribe and a listener, spokesmen and listeners, books and poems. Actions and procedures for being with others.

(Text by Amanda de la Garza. 2018)