my song spins, sings
the planets each their centre
rotate each relief
so desire
will deafen this trace
so trace will
deafen desire
relive in centre rotation
planetary singularity, each again and
singing and spinning your song


In response to Marcel Duchamp's ‘Rotorelief (Optical Disk)’ 1935.


See the artwork that inspired this poem in the flesh, along with more than 100 of Marcel Duchamp’s world-renowned pieces, in ‘The Essential Duchamp’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 April – 11 August 2019.