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1

Beneath the writing on the wall
is the writing it was designed

to obscure. The two together
form a third kind


2

There is no writing   
on the wall’s other side

Perhaps this lack
constitutes a fourth kind


3

Some of the writing on the wall
will be designed as truth

some as art


4

It is said to represent a mirror
of everyday life in its time


5

“Fabius Naso
talks through his asshole
and shits out his mouth”
for example


6

“Foute les Arabes”
for example


7

Certain words and images
or parts of images

have been chipped away
These often turn up for sale

at sidewalk stalls
before the walls

of other cities


8

I too have an image for sale
It’s the image of a poem

and is to be found
on the reverse of this sheet

“Disclosures” by Michael Palmer, from The Lion Bridge, copyright © 1998 by Michael Palmer. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.
Source: The Lion Bridge (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1998)
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