into the new. It won’t be hard 
and when at last you can afford 
the time to savour your reward, 
climb down to where you left me, stored – 
you’ll find that I got past the guard. 
Drop all your projects and attend 
to this alone. Know I returned 
only to measure what you’d learned. 
You never dreamed you would be spurned 
by your imaginary friend.

Under the Skin 2021
digital collage
Orly Ruaimi @orly_ruaimi

Imaginary Friend (excerpt) 2007
Pessimism for Beginners
Sophie Hannah

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Curated by members of the Durden and Ray curatorial collective

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Steven Wolkoff
Alexandra Wiesenfeld
Eugene Ahn

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