maiitude |mī ē toōd|

noun [neologism]

1. A certain non-pejorative quality of flatness; the specific, fiddly quiddity of flat objects.

2. The particular way that flat objects move, particularly their tendency to jump.

3. Signifier-signified hyper-aggregation; the relation to the text or images on one side of a page to the text or images on the reverse.
3a. The piece of paper behaves like its text (or doesn’t):
‘at’ is incredibly easy to spot. It’s just always there.
‘tall’ isn’t. ‘attractive’ is, ‘avoid’ does.
3b. The ‘O’ box is Fernando Pessoa’s life, a puddle of days keeping books, the insufferable sea of ‘of’s, with the occasional ‘ochre’ of a Lisbon sunset on the side of a building, or the ‘ostensible’ of an epiphany that the grocer also has a soul, or the odd encounter with ‘other’s.
3c. A specific trompe l’oeil when the meaning of a word alters one’s perception of the shape of the object on which it is printed or in which it is contained.

4. Stupid proximity poetry:
‘England’ ‘erectus’
‘attractive’ ‘adults’ ‘always’ ‘a’ ‘a’ ‘a’ ‘a’
The Poor Arithmetic of Proximity:
‘for’ ‘for’ ‘for’ ‘for’ ‘fourteen’

5. My own tendency to read in to tiny texts which are not messages and were not meant for me: The Way It Makes Me Want Things;
I want to get a job writing ransom notes.

I’m troubled by the ‘H’ box. It’s full of ‘her’. I’m looking for ‘here’ and there’s ‘her’. I’m looking for ‘hear’ and there’s ‘her’. I’m looking for ‘help’ and there’s ‘her’. I’m looking for ‘him’ and there’s ‘her’. ‘Hirsute’ ‘harmonica’, the tiny comfort of the blues.

maiitude at ]performance s p a c e[ 2012, video by Timothy Smith