Leif Holmstrand

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Vortex Pump and Seconds of Stillness
Leif Holmstrand, translated by Frank Perry.

Opening the next day to series of sleep and waking, waking and sleep,
stations
along sprawling phrases,
citizenship lost in the union of orderliness
befuddled
by the off-balance
down, up,
down,
up,
down
of dates.

...

A time or place
when any and all form is shown solely by the skin's shivering edges,
a senile, furious void of whirling taunts,
a block of stillness and the spiteful slaps of silence in the middle of the vortex here someone, wooden and robbed,
vibrates
at low level,
owing to sperm and minor messes
come off with victory.

...

Easy to further the order divided,
easy to go when the death-sigh moves walls,
planting
echoes and daylight
in fragile architecture or lowering the model in a lesser enchantment,
using prisms
and little thin boxes of glass with samples in
for thorough examination,
and the building is evident, finished after this,
latticed by the light of the external,
meaningless light,
so easily understood.

...

Vastly different views and cues
ready to contain anyone at all
in the building
or be decomposed,
I am
false
through and through —

...

Downwards I go,
upside down I can see
moments twitching with the gleam of steel among the reeds
and little feet kicking, suddenly dry-shod,
rage over glass.

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Flowers up from the furrows of the palm
like small worlds in the blisters on the surface,
the present provides a terrified grace when it aches,
salting gleams
that, an error in their essence, in the blue light stretch
my recess,
an edgy viral sense
now wind-lashed
now.

...

Come banners,
The opposite of banners, come
and budding skull soon to set seed,
the body is a vane.

...

Lingering ridge of an idea
everything's infinite
ur-hole:
the toilet.

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Leif Holmstrand is a Swedish artist, musician and writer, born in 1972. A Malmö resident since 1997. Work is currently being done on physical topics such as body essentialism and household waste, distorted through pictorial and linguistic filters of paranoia and phantasm. Heavy sculptural installation pieces built out of garbage, textiles and manipulated cut-up furniture may alternate with sound installation, still image, rhythm, song and video. Performance also plays an important part in this body of work. A lot of the projects are small fragments of a much larger, possibly collective queer activist pursuit.

http://www.leifholmstrand.se/