Letters to the Future: Bob Devin Jones

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Letters to the Future: Bob Devin Jones

As part of the Letters to the Future project, which coincides with the Paris climate talks, we asked local dignitaries, including The [email protected]'s Bob Devin Jones, to offer their perspective on what out future is going to look like, which largely hinges on the climate action that's supposed to result from the upcoming summit in France. Here is Devin Jones'  poetic take on the project.

Until the river never grieves

In the very next future

I needs must diet myself

on something other than the overwhelming passivity I have adopted

or perhaps, co-opted

yes that’s it

there is an almost finished silence in nearly every room I enter

the cynicism is deafening

so I have become increasingly selective as to where I choose to travel

… nowhere

the horrific poetry of politics is

that it is almost never about arriving at a consensus or even an understanding

rather the verse is blank and ouroboros … “prolonging revenge through reincarnation”

the inimical biscuit at everyone’s table (especially mine) is you can’t stand the sight of my face

I’m right there with you baby

I fear I can’t stand the sight of yours either

yet we all feast on what we most fear

how do we stand it

as the French would say Voila!

translation: there you are

and there they all were, on that ordinary Friday

where the entire world

yet again, got a snapshot of this bitter earth… what is indeed at table, at this very next future

how do we stomach it…? indeed how do we

so, my requiem today “in spite of the tennis” is to go on a diet

I believe I can travel back there

to sit with that young girl in Amsterdam

and find the necessary goodness in people

what is really nutritious

it is perhaps the only light we have in all this darkness

Bob Devin Jones is founding artistic director of The [email protected]

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