PICPOETRY

Picpoetry: unedited mobile photography and rapidly, almost automatic unedited poetic prose writing, ideally on the spot in order to capture the atmospherics of the specific time and space. I upload all my picpoetry on Instagram under the name picpoet – one of the oldest poets of Instagram combining visual and poetic prose. Picpoetry is a method I invented in 2009 in order to explore an ontology of presence without falling into the standard trappings of visual and textual phenomenology. There have been two waves of picpoetry. The first one, with about 600 picpoems, ended in July 2013 were all except for the very last picpoem were ceremoniously deleted for picpoet’s suicide. The second one, since 2014 and still ongoing, counts more than 1000 picpoems and can be found below and on Instagram.

shimmering waterless lake spreading fast across our dreams, flood again flood, but your voice framed it, made it a reservoir of slashes, your voice a dam stopping our dreams from bleeding.
Teach me the ends of your hand, after this syllable, this mute promise of a sentence, never uttered. Seamstress of my full stops.
don’t ignore these round rusty handles, pores of a skin stretched across birth times and death sighs, levers opening to those worlds your body really inhabits now, geographical desires so intense that axes turn the other way while you breathe in the airs of a slow evening
I give you all the halves that I am.
I give you the end of all my lines.
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#duality #collab with @oms_rocha
We were waiting for the dawn, our night covers thinned out by the footfall of the ones who no longer waited, but we stayed on, our hands grabbing the horizon as if it would hold us up, our eyes glued to the point, but the point shifted and any light that were to come, came from below.
Rake through my city as if it were your garden, as it were your sky
Stay with me even when the lights are gone
I never got to know you but I’ve always bathed in your circles, we shared that surface where our lives and our screens were contiguous, a common skin wrapped around our uncommon bodies
Three times sliding down, laughing skin on the morning’s shine, and the steel warms up, becomes rosy sky, lake reflecting our breaths
2021 all round, shiny and pink.
Every tree has a right to Xmas! 
#LoveYourDifference
Staircase to Nowhere (detail), Oil paint and gold tempera on canvas, 80X20
My nights take place underneath my toes, a slow underwater wave, where your world frays away.
On my birthday, I want to become a garden. Oh wait! :)
NEVER BEEN WHOLE 
EVEN/WHEN HURTING .
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Acrylic and Sumi Ink on paper, 76x57cm, collab with @oms_rocha
Steps down, or was it up, every one a day in the life, little flames on my toes remind me how at night the air becomes a womb of light, and we walk. Collab with @sylviebacquet dr extraordinaire takes pix - happy Hanukkah
This line... . .
Collab with @oms_rocha
Wasn’t what you said water? In my ear, what you said, water words whispering water worlds? Water was womb, you said, water was wonder, yes I heard this, water was wave, yes yes, but water was wound? Did you say that? Water was wound?
There was no end in the rooms, corridors of her life, raging tides and lulling lakes sitting down with her every evening at dinner, a light left on by someone, not her, a signal from another life: she felt warm.
Shaft, moat, barrier and then walk out. Fall, Swim, Jump and then walk out. Leave behind, Cleanse, Move on and then walk out. Or Collapse, Drown, Crash. And then you will still walk out.
Those fractal pieces, menace and blessing to our sense of self.
That evening, when the fires of the weather were already eating up our waiting, two suns appeared, lying next to each other in a syzygy of promise. We reached out for each other’s hand.
His gods never get too ancient, never enough to be finally forgotten, never enough to die the death they merit, not of heroes but of histrionic hyenas that spent their nights scavenging for fanning zombies.
There is always round
before the first line
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@oms_rocha collab #circles double light poetry
Prepping the preparation for the prepping of the canvas. Working with the colour gold in whatever form, gold leaf or acrylic or gouache as it’s here, does something to my mood, it unfolds it and makes it blossom in a way that only green does.
The round rectangular, pulled and pushed aeons of unrequited attraction, etiolated turns and burnt inclinations, you can hold it in your palm or it can hold you in its belly.
Are we there yet, drowned hush, are we there yet, dad is driving, are we there yet, mum is sleeping, are we there yet, this water is flooding my eyes
You showed me / where the light goes / when the world curves inside.
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Collaboration with @oms_rocha #circles #duality double light #poetry
Follow this to the end, I am waiting
Follow this, I am waiting for the end.
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Collab #circles artwork by @oms_rocha double light poetry by @picpoet
He was about to bring this little thing out, tiny thing, no one would see really, the tremor of insignificance, a whisper maybe, but with force of gravity barely keeping it together - why else was the world holding its breath?
touch in and the circle opens 
what you desire is in 
what you fear
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@oms_rocha here we go, a new #circles #collab playing with circles lines depth and poetry
inside outside, no skin shivers between, these clouds have never been there, just here for all their cumulus breath #lockdown
Sit tight, palms under your thighs, your eyes to the sun couching on the other side of the world, it is the season’s end slow and frictionless, and listen: the turning of other planets is like the breath of a hidden mother.
That river of tenderness towards the rainy day, and the day that’s about to end, I’ve always felt it whenever they opened the door, neighbours or angels, picking up the new day from their doorstep as if it were a gift.
In the beginning there was no colour. Then the first rain fell, and sheets of colour opened up to the light. Now, forms can finally depart.
All the depth we’ve known just floated up the mirror. Wrinkles and fathoms measure the time to the beginning. But my surface is always other. There is a land where skins are smoothened up like undelivered caresses.
I stole a glimpse of you just before you fell #eijaliisaahtila #haywardgallery
She heard her mother calling her, or maybe her father, it didn’t matter, she became small and her mouth was covered by a layer of winter skin. There was the axis. As she turned her face, she saw the cities regressing to the mud of a savage calling.
He’s always ready, his body tightly packed in boxes of all sizes, his friendships wrapped in wool, his fears bundled along the plastic flowers. He keeps them in the ready in case they ring the bell.
Can someone fix his hat please.
Your hand a cupola of water / underneath these fingers I have learned to grow / seaweed and anemones sprouting from the air in my lungs / breaking the surface and reaching for your face.
He could hear those slurping sounds underneath his feet. He saw the bottom busy with life, mermaids and future, broken gondolas and mended spirits, all swimming in a soup without past. He took the straw gingerly and started sucking too, sweet juice of slow seaweeds lining his mouth.
A bellybutton to lick, a grape to suck, a mother to hug, a face to caress, a glass to hold, a planet to listen to, a balloon to release, a moon face to sleep with. Never has been the round more luminous.
*Sound On* coz Venice ain’t dead or sumthin....
Sinking Islands VII: Black Atlantis II, egg tempera, acrylic and gold leaf on oak gondola pieces with discarded Murano glass, 2020 (detail).
When the pattern finds you after you’ve created. The Murano pieces match this sinking island perfectly, to the colour hue and the pattern. Yet I made this island months ago, and I only just found the glass piece.
Invitations to cross, slidings into different becomings. Heavenly nuptials, promises of otherness. Doesn’t always work. Mostly doesn’t. There is no other side. There are only passages.
Your green is blue. Your piss is blue. Your sleep is blue. Your blood is blue. Your tear is blue. Your spit is blue. Your colour is mine.
You could have lost it here, on that corner, at that turn of the evening towards another sigh of the world. Instead you let it go without thinking, stupidly, like a drip of saliva out of a mute singer’s mouth.
A light that became water, just like all light and all darkness, water they become, the water where you deposit your traumas, those that last night screamed like vast seeping wounds hanging from the face of the planet, are the ones that tomorrow lap like little pools of ingested shadows. But it’s still yesterday.
All Venices disappear. Some in the water, some in the air. All Venices are evanescent.
He sat by the beach and waited for the band. Night fell, a breeze lifted the jackets off the seats, angular couples started dancing but the band never showed up. It was the last day of a summer that never showed up.
On your knees. Tell me your secrets. I am here to protect you. Your secrets aren’t safe with me. Dig deep. I collect souls, skins and stellar storms. I give generously punishment and perishable futures. Look how good I look.
Shut that window please. Our light will escape. We can’t afford that. #plessi #paxtibi
And a little tempera landed on his foot. It will stay there all afternoon, a reminder of how waves crash on coasts of flesh.
Kiss me you fool
A set of six, all aflame with the world around them, all aboil with the potion inside them. They will never belong to this cupboard. Made to fly like saucers in the dusk.
Communion of water.
The summer of the end of verticality. The end of the summer. The verticality of the end. The summer of combinations.
and they ended up embracing the distance between them.
Why don’t you take a seat? It’ll be soft and earthy, it’ll be deep and moist, it’ll be bird-sung and peacock-shaded, it’ll have rivers of essence and islands of frivolity around it, it’ll be you at your best and you as other. You’ll be comfortable, I’m sure. And then you can carry on.
So tell me. What is your sadness?
Our time has always been flooded. Even when the water was running underneath the ground we all stepped in false security. Our streets have always been bridges. Our buildings have always been ships. And our cities have always been sinking.
That door is not a boundary. That curtain does not disconnect. That view isn’t outside. Those letters aren’t on the limit. That hand isn’t inside. That fear isn’t outside. That desire isn’t here. Or there.
He filled my box with waves, wind and water. Just before shutting me in, lid ajar, he threw in some endings, good, bad and repeating. He then let the lid fall with a thud and I started living. He must have shaken the box well because I no longer know where the end begins and the start ends.
One of my bodies is just born. One of my bodies is digital. One of my bodies is a sex-worker. One of my bodies is green. One of my bodies needs no breath. One of my bodies has never sat. One of my bodies is not one of my bodies. One of my bodies is in the future. One of my bodies is your finger.
She piled up bodies on the canvas, one on top of the other, layer cake of parallel existences, paintings never made, colours never achieved, lives never lived. And she started climbing on it, hesitant steps on shaky layers. Her horizon was finally empty.
We all tried but it couldn’t be hidden. Years later, we even started pushing it all in the open. A fierce pride took the place of our shame. The only difficult moment was breakfast time.
No one was looking. Even the gods were asleep. A trace was left on the wall, just where his breath yellowed the white. Someone will eventually clean this. But not today.
We were inviting the water in every morning. Some days it would rush in and make a mess of the breakfast table. Others, it would seep in softly and puppy play with our toes. And there were some days when it would become air and enter our bodies like infinity. Anyway, the water was always in our house those days. We didn’t even need to open the door.
Όχι κάθε μέρα. Αλλά κάποιες μέρες, το βγάζει από την ντουλάπα κ το φοράει σαν άρωμα μέσα στο σπίτι. Πηγαινοέρχεται στα δωμάτια με την φράση να στάζει πίσω του μικρά ουράνια τόξα σαν ίχνη από σαλιγκαρι που το σπίτι του είναι ο εαυτός του.
She pushed the sofa against the door and shut herself in. Something about the outside felt too draughty. After a few days, she forgot where she was. So she started dressing up and pretending she was in various cities of her past, walking down streets of promise, tasting local coffees and writing picpoems. Today she was in Thessaloniki.
We saw the last map burning on the top of a mountain. It was easy to find our way down from there. But flatness is less forgiving. Now, between the sinews and veins of our hands, we’ll find the blue dot. No direction, just a thesis.
Voices, toes of a god whose head has been cut aeons ago, are falling from above, you thought it was lightning, it scared you at night and made you glow in the day, but no my little one, these aren’t lightnings. These are the collapsing buildings you built hour after hour during those years of trusting ground and sky.
Of the three parallel lanes, I chose the one vanishing into the open. I hoped, you see, that I would some day meet the other lanes too.
Ah yes, I know these days, he said. When the sun is so bright that the city becomes blinding white and the sky leaves behind its blues, and the buildings rise up, whiteness lost in whiteness, a heat that melts any distance, any difference.
In the morning, the green returns to blue and the fingers of the seaweeds momentarily let go of the buildings.
My new show, collab with Jan Hogan, is now online at @daniellearnaudgallery 
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Tracing Submergence', a collaboration between Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Jan Hogan launches online today - link in bio. 

Video, photography and poetry intertwine to create one work, the story of which is told in stages. Don’t forget to switch your sound on. 
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with accompanying text by @tesscharnley
Artist at work. Blisters and smelly egg tempera everywhere. Happy.
This Wednesday, 12th of August, is the opening of my virtual art show at @daniellearnaudgallery . Jan Hogan and I were entrusted with a virtual room which you can navigate physically, and which we filled with instances of water, writing, layers and strata, gold leaf and words, all wrapped in a whirling soundscape of bells and breaths. I’ll post the link here.
That dried plant you brought me, the one you found pressed in the pages of a city guide, remember? it came to, threw roots and skies, grew turrets and terraces, asked for a name, and is now a ladder, long and straight as a ruptured summer breeze.
Νίψον ἀνομήματα, μὴ μόναν ὄψιν
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Sinking Islands IV: Funafuti, Egg tempera and gold leaf on gondola oak pieces, 2020
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He knew that when the water would reach the second floor of most buildings, it would be the time to leave. He opened his window and threw himself into the rising aquatic horizon.
She made her bed on the water every night. She gathered seaweed to make her pillow softer, wavelets to make her dreams lighter, fathoms to make her sleep deeper. She just had to remember to switch off the city before plunging.
Hold the end of my body and make a new beginning with it.
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Polyptych, Sinking Islands IV: Funafuti, egg tempera and gold leaf on oak gondola pieces (detail) (in progress) (getting there..)
Her days started normally but then they always doubled up. Already at the start of the evening, her house had two kitchens, two bathtubs, four bedside tables. Sometimes, when the evening was especially hot and the smell of jasmine on her windows became too intense even for her, she would invite herself to the second living room for a night cap and a spot of gossip.
He showed them his underbelly, that soft spot between the city and its water. This is my home, he said.