Franco Amati
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1 min readJun 24, 2021


image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay

a table of metal
has its coldness, its squareness
its place to get right down and work-ness

these features don’t appear to me, one-by-one —
they don’t take turns in my awareness…
they come at me, full force,
pervading this thing
called consciousness

the elements bind
forming a singular experience
in my sore and fragile mind

it all becomes wet concrete
in memory, never quite drying
but remaining malleable, soft
and plastic,
perfectly elastic —
as representation, an image of sorts —
of table…table…

table, dark and solid, place of my oblivion
locus of my obsession,
its binding in turn binds me
to it, with it
so I am part of its wholeness
in sensation and in action
of worker, worked, and work itself
all parts of the same stream,
all parts of the problem,
the problem…
of binding

Franco Amati 2021

Thank you to 愚木混株 for their collection of mind-bending images.



Franco Amati

Speculative fiction writer from New York. Editor of Scuzzbucket. For published work visit or buy me a coffee at