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Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov is the author of Ghost Machine and the chapbooks Vortexts, I Is to Vorticism, and Collected Ghost. He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.

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"For the 'semi-athletic' achiever in all of us, HIDER ROSER gives free $12 high-fives."

– Amanda Nadelberg

"Mirov's poems are like dead soul dispatches from an emotional robot."

– Dan Magers

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Hider Roser

You Will Never Understand

06/19/13

I.  BEN MIROV IS MOVING THROUGH YOU. THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM.

Ben Mirov is a mirror placed roughly at chest height. Ben Mirov cuts a hole in the sunshine layer and disappears momentarily at times. Do not be alarmed is what Ben Mirov says to you. Ben Mirov then becomes a second mirror, a highly polished reflective window, which Ben Mirov affixes to the tops of his shoes, which I am assuming for the purposes of this text, are probably brown and pleasantly relief-map textured — worn in; not shabby or overly distressed.

SIDE NOTE (mine):
it is sometimes necessary
for Ben Mirov to look down
in order to see up.

When the speaker of Ben Mirov — a human head hologram made of snow that is also Ben Mirov — talks, both of his mirrors become electroacoustic transducers, oscillating and modulating, their operator manipulating phase and static as discretely separate instruments so as to obscure the nature and direction of sound itself, effectively rendering it difficult to determine which Ben Mirov the momentarily stunned viewer is experiencing at any given time.

SIDE NOTE (mine):
it is sometimes necessary
for Ben Mirov to look up
in order to see down.
this is not a problem for Ben
Mirov. in short, this is not a problem.

TEXT UNIT EXAMPLE (a)

an excerpt from Light from Dead Stars Doesn’t Lie (p. 19)
I dream all of my friends at once
are Amy. Amy injects me with a vial
of Joseph Conrad. She says it will help me travel
the crooked line to the point where I do not exist
on Earth. All of my friends exist on earth
and if you punch their face for long enough
it will become a common type of gem.

As the speaker of Ben Mirov continues, Ben Mirov wishes more for his friends, and perhaps more from himself. Ben Mirov is deconstructing/rebuilding Ben Mirov again. The speaker views his ever-mutable world from inside of Ben Mirov, too insignificant and helpless to save those most cherished by the aforementioned Ben Mirov:

I am trying to tell you about my friends.
The way they have no body or face.
The way they cannot save the Great Barrier Reef
or the people in the cities or anything.
They cannot even save themselves.
They walk slowly into the thunderhead.

TEXT UNIT EXAMPLE (b)

an excerpt from Instructions (p. 70);
wherein the reader is gifted an eyeball)
When you have carried it far enough
give it to the next person you meet.
Or bury it in a pile of shards.
Or smash it on a rock.

III. CONCLUSION: BEN MIROV AS A FORCE CARRIED BETWEEN TWO OPPOSING POLES

Ben Mirov is a complicated cycle of oscillation between existence and its opposite state, consisting equally of both reflective and refractive physical parts. Should the reader happen to glimpse his inner working machinery, it should be noted that said reader should experience no cause for fear. The intricate parts and gears necessary to the movement of Ben Mirov might at times suggest the brutal violence of rigid metal and wire; however, these gears are made of cloud meat, lubricated and drunk with the common blood of ours. It is recommended that the reader allow Ben Mirov to move uniformly through them; to allow both Ben Mirovs passage through the fingers, the mind, and ultimately, the heart.

TEXT UNIT EXAMPLE (c)

an excerpt from Hider Roser (p. 11)
rearranging the letters in horse rider
you get hider roser, which means something
you will never understand

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