Summer Reading: Lawrence Weschler's Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

while painting the house
i am thinking about Robert Irwin
who dedicated his life

to asking questions
about perception

there is an art to perceiving
at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
 where Robert Irwin laid down a line of black tape

in an empty gallery he otherwise did not change
four out of the five guards who worked there
asked if he had installed the column in the center of the room

a column that has been there since 
the building housed a bakery
how to see what we do not and not what we to see

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