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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Ray Malone is an Irish writer and artist living in Berlin, Germany, working on developing a highly-reduced aesthetic in a series of projects exploring the expressive (lyric) potential of minimal forms, based on various musical and/or literary models. His work has been published in numerous print and online journals in the US, UK and Ireland.

Ray Malone

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what is most proper to the self. semblance of.
stares back from the mirror. as witness.
the world white as a sheet. depth spent.
a form. in the shape of its shadow.
it emerges. appears from a nowhere.
it approaches fold by fold. fills with itself.
hollow by hollow out of its hiding. a slow whole.
a who. as of a mist fading from the glass.
to reveal a radiant shallow. a reflection.
a figure filling the ground. groundless.
once pale. in every particular now perfect.
with an eye for it all. staring there.
seeming to see. its own.
what is. the whiteness of the sheet.
holding out against the sand.