emulator iii

nocturne, in vi parts.

i. there is a word i cannot say, not just because you said i cannot.

to me, it’s no longer a word
but a name, the name of a girl
of whom i have often writ—
no, not
the one with the cigarette.

ii. in that instance i merely sailed on in an uncharted yet familiar sea

that girl was

a dalliance into a demesne

as of yet unknown, yet known
through dissembling movement;
desultory in desuetude,
yet still dulcet—

a mnemonic for the pneumatic,

prismatically elliptical, erratically

erstwhile as an epiphany,

ephemeral before its evanescence
evocative emulation
of ethereality.

iii. of this girl—

not the one with the dart
who was darting away before
words less platitudinous darted
from my mouth, 

but the one who,
incognizant of the mercuriality
of my vicissitude,
is not just a word to me— 

iv. of her, i no longer see synonyms in sentence or locution, but

in briotic impression,
the éclat of memories,
as night transmogrifies reflection
into slowly-fading rêveries.

v. yet she has an antonym, and it is her name. 

her vivacity steals my vitality, 
her vibrancy absconds with my thoughts. 

even the sight of that simple word 
secluded in a list of six
signifies a feebly rejected 
return to reminiscence.

vi. as such i am lost to gravity yet again.

she is even more of
a melancholy quixotism
to me than the moon 
and the stars;

compared to the galaxy’s
distant periphery,
she is 

even further still. 

Interview - Keyboards, March 2001 - Translated

This interview is a bit odd for the time-period because they only bring up the robots once and then it is quickly sidestepped. There’s a lot of talk about their tastes in music, their ideas for Discovery, and what equipment they use/like, for those who are interested in that. (Scan by ifcwdjd; you can find the original French interview in her bulk article downloads.)

(Please note I do not speak French, so this was done entirely with Google Translate, a few other translators, and some French grammar websites. I tried to turn it into actual, human English as much as possible. My translation is probably not 100% accurate and should be taken with a grain of salt. My notes are in italics.)

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