9.1 / January 2014

Five Poems

Deep Sea Divers and Whaleboats

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The stage is open water. The audience might be on rafts, or wearing lifejackets. They will be wearing lifejackets and floating, wearing goggles.

In the openness floats a few boats, possibly real, possibly imaginary. Below the water are three divers. They stay under until they run out of air, then surface.

Curtain.






Sexual attraction in the wilderness

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There are three women. They are all completely naked other than the mascot heads they are wearing. They are all different. One girl is a polar bear; another is a panther; the third is an old man. They sit with their legs crossed: two facing the audience, one facing the back wall. They are all smoking cigarettes.

A man walks on stage completely naked, other than a white polka-dotted tie. He lies down in between the women and whispers every thought that comes to his mind.

Curtain.






Camera and Knife

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There is a film crew: the camera operator, the focus puller, the clapperloader, the boom operator, the lighting technician, and a negative cutter smoking a cigarette.

The director walks on stage. He pulls a razorblade from his pocket and walks off the stage, out into the audience. The film begins rolling.

The director cuts a member of the audience. The negative cutter already called for an ambulance. The film crew records the entire trip to the hospital, and the procedure that follows.

Curtain.






Grandma’s Diphthong

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There is a twenty-three year old man wearing blue briefs. Beside him is a sixty-five year old woman. She is wearing a lacy bra and lacy panties. She begins to seductively remove her top. He starts talking about his first memory of his grandmother.

They trade bottoms. She leaves her bra on the stage.

Curtain.






The Fine Line Between
Arsonist and Pyromaniac

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She imagines a house on fire. She watches it burn while smoking a cigarette and picking her nails.

She leaves her chipped nail polish on stage.

Curtain.


Jacob Reber is an artist, writer, and educator from Rochester, NY. He is the author of TAPE 181 [Gauss PDF].
9.1 / January 2014

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