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something of significance (1987)

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[The bold texts are spoken by
herman de vries in the audio text (see right).]

sometimes i pick up
something
of significance
on my way
:
a leaf from last year
ein paar scherben
from long ago
a feather lost
by a bird
cinders
a broken twig
or a little flower
for her

there is nothing to be found
without
significance
i pick it up
bring it anywhere
it is here
it is always
here

when i bring it to you
it means love

it was from last year
this happens
today

i empty my bag of findings
nothing of value
priceless
priceless love

tomorrow i will say
from yesterday
yesterday i said
tomorrow

the same

different

beautiful

terrific

a trace of footsteps
yours
mine

a valley
was a mountain

all in vain

love

a picture
for some reason

the reason lost

a picture without
reason

once love
always

all ways

a stick
a tree
a fire

seeing her

loving you

kissing

touching
the earth

passing
away

notes
for nothing

collecting
in vain
but love

may days
today

stone or mountain

why temple
here (for luea)

from here
looking back
looking forward

see
you (for susanne)

picked it up in the rain
now
it is dry

[it was from last year
this happens
today
]

the dust of some roads
a leaf from a tree

a moment in the stream

full - empty

in the fullmoon night
i lost these lines

& see her dance [handwritten]

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The spoken text is recorded by Rainer Pließ for Master Peace Records, Sulzheim - November 2004 and added to herman de vries : les livres et les publications; catalogue raisonné / textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu (Centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005).

bibliographic references

herman de vries, 'sometimes i pick up ...', published in collecting notes (edited by the artist : eschenau 1987). (Partly) reprinted in herman de vries. sculptures trouvées (Ernst Barlach Haus : Hamburg 2016). The audio text is also on Zeigen - eine Audiotour von Karin Sander (Galerie Müller-Roth : Stuttgart 2005). The audio text is also on Zeigen - eine Audiotour von Karin Sander (Galerie Müller-Roth : Stuttgart 2005).

IMAGE CREDITS
leaf added to collecting notes.