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Beyond the Wire

Beyond the Wire

Beyond the Wire is an exploration of the complex and shifting relationship between authors, their characters, and the reader. Unwritten and abandoned characters inhabit the narrative no-man’s-land of an unfinished poem, the author of which roams endlessly through its shattered landscape. Holes blast through the pages causing shifts in time and place, as well as reflecting the incomplete, fragmentary recollections of a traumatized mind. We are left to wonder which narrator should be believed, the Unknown Soldier or his poet Officer.

Open book image, to show the cut-outs.
Characters from Beyond the Wire, looking through the cut outs of several pages.
Full page image, two soldiers