impoverishinged-ing (a tonal drawing)

We (all of us) are in the jaws of swelling fear and desperationing, and a rabidly swallowing carnivorous invisibilizing.

—Asili Ya Nadhiri—
author of the unpublished  novel: impoverishinged-ing (the
sunging of the preying mantis)


Phenomena are usually described as invisible when our senses are not able to perceive their physical presence—even though a mental perceptibility may exist. How then does one become invisible when a physical presence is clearly evident?

Impact and collision seem essential in establishing presence. One observing may be readily convinced of the presence of another by means of their senses—without the assistance of mirrors, cameras, or other such aids. Of course, they (in the absence of non-human aids) may experience their own presence by means of the impact of others on them or theirs on others. How, then, do persons who are literally present in human society become invisible to others and themselves?

Invisibility is most remarkable in its deception. Sleight of hand is so essentially natural for it because nobody is smelling the deathing in the staining of our under-thingings.

*from the unpublished novel: impoverishinged-ing
 (the sunging of the preying mantis)
Copyright © 2000, 2016 Asili Ya Nadhiri



wandering here in this dark
where it eating up the light
(for Ralph Ellison)

i hear no words
but these that mine
mouths open they wide
they make no sound
where my hands is they bound
i cannot find
in the bottles and cans
throwd here on the ground

who’s in this bag
what i totes for me
howcome me when they cut
they always see
something bleeding in here
that it never is me
aint i this shadow i supposed to be
dear god can you ever gone deliver me!
from inside here
where i’m supposed to be

Copyright © 1995 Asili Ya Nadhiri

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