I saw them with these very eyes, as well as I see you
— St. Joan of Arc, 1431
First there were voices, then faces
names: a Michael, Margaret, Catherine
and an actor Artaud
interlopers which reconstructed figments.
In a backroom, hearsay:
strips of scene, fixated filed sharp
driven until points turned towards fact.
During cross-examination, confessions:
augmented cries which twisted round and round.
(...does revelation build memory-worlds?
...only wind instruments can unlock interior-hillocks.)
At Rouen an iron cage, chains which linked necks, hands and feet
leather loops which strangulated reason,
when stretched everyone resisted. Heads wore haloes
torsos hair undergarments:
inter-titles mixed straw with wood
fuelling plumes of black and white;
some say, the whole was reduced to ashes
others, that sparks circled, and disappeared.