By a head, 2021

I commit to memory
a repetitive chanting marching stomping
to the beat of boots on asphalt
a rhythm emptied of its power and meaning

 

drowned out by words of this language
persistence
a choice made to win this race by a head
to the beat of boots on asphalt
I commit to memory

By a head is part of an ongoing collaborative work with we da pepo. It is composed by the rhythm of rote learning. Text in this work is a record of relearning Telugu alphabet by repetitive writing. Sound piece for By a head is a found audio recording of school children learning Telugu alphabet.