Switchback Trance: A Response to Heather Kravas: visions of beauty Mar 31, 2017

by Natalie Singer

Tic toc.


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What does a caterpillar made of bodies look like? Knees to floor. Ass to air. Spine to stomach. Head to thigh, forehead to forearm, face to muscle, muscle to mouth, cheek to elbow, ball sack to ball of foot.


Caterpillar body: over / under / over / under / over / under / over / under / over / under / over / stop


Spine to stomach. Palm to haunch. Neck to ground. Cup the next body’s body with your hand, gently.

The caterpillar does not know it is naked

                It inches toward something, circles back, inches, circles inches circles


Breath to sweat to silence to cock. Clock, I mean, clock.

Tic toc.

Tic tic tic tic tic tic tic tickle




The very hungry human caterpillar. It ate one rib but it is still hungry.


OH MY GOD BODIES ARE TOUCHING EACH OTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



                It seems like we’re in outer space because MASCULINITY DOESN’T TOUCH THIS MUCH UNLESS ITS FUCKING


Pinwheels on the playground, our hands are drums our feet are fun PLIÉ ONE TWO TENDU ONE TWO TOUR JETÉ ONE TWO SWING YOUR PARDNER ROUND N ROUND JUST DON’T LET THEM HIT THE GROUND unless they want to and they do because the hungry caterpillar never had this much over-and-over-again fun while stuffing its face.

                (But it is also important work.)


Piano: tinkle tinkle tinkle, your childhood ballet teacher’s favorite arrangement tic toc tic toc


Toc toc toc



No talking

Only floating / bodies driven by tenderness and care

/ and muscled asses


Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Can you …


Here am I floating 'round my tin can

Far above the moon

Planet Earth is blue



And there's nothing I can do