Lauren E. Simonutti

Simonutti

8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds & 199 panes of glass

Madness strips things down to their core.  It takes everything and in exchange offers only more madness, and the occasional ability to see things that are not there.

03.28.06  There were so many beginnings I had to choose one, and since this is a story of anniversaries 03.28.06 seemed the most appropriate.  That is the day I began to hear voices.  Three of them, quite distinct.  Two are taunting and the third voice is mine, as I have heard it externally, on a tape recording or answering machine.  That voice has some reserve, it seldom makes itself heard.  The others are a constant.  They all live in my right ear which rather makes sense as I spontaneously went deaf in that ear a decade ago and it has been vacant ever since.  As time and treatment progressed they have stopped screaming and contribute only a dull murmur.  Except at bedtime, at bedtime they like to sing. It presents itself as a sing-song - Rapid cycling, mixed state bipolar with schizoaffective disorder.

The problem with madness is that you can feel it coming but when you tell people you think you are going crazy they do not believe you.  It is too distant a concept.  Too melodramatic.  You don’t believe it yourself until you have fallen so quickly and so far that your fingernails are the only thing holding you up, balanced with your feet dangling on either side of a narrow fence with your heart and mind directly over center, so that when you do fall it will split you in two.  And split equally.  So there’s not even a stronger side left to win.

I began to break time down.
Smaller and smaller parcels are easier to digest, easier to recognize, easier to bear.
This would be the math:

4 birthdays
3 + 1/2 years
42 months
1307 days (taking into account the leap year)
1,882,080 minutes
112,924,800 seconds

I would anatomize it further but it might make me appear obsessive.

The misfirings of my beloved/despised mind that conspire to convince me to destroy all have rendered me housebound and led to a solitary life.  A creature of past, proof, memory and imaginary friends,  I am aware enough to know the things I see and hear are not real, but that does not mean I do not still see and hear them.

Over three and one half years I have spent alone amidst these 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass.  And this is what I saw here.  This is what I learned.

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Admission, 2011
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And My, How We Laughed, 2006
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Apology, 2012
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Barely there (drowning inside), 2010
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Birthday Girl, 2008
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Bring the Candle to the Flame, 2009
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Confinement, 2011
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Contemplating Daybreak, 2010
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Cornered, 2011
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Don't Bother to Pack, 2008
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Eyes Taped Shut, 2010
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Helpless, 2008
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Hollow, 2008
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Homecoming, 2008
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Hospice, 2008
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Hospitality, 2008
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Idle Hands, 2011
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If Bruises Were Kisses, 2009
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Inside, 2008
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Line of Sight, 2011
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Mad Eyes, 2007
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Mirror Between Two Windows, 2008

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Mobile, 2011
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Narrative , 2011
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None of the Mirrors in this House Work, 2007
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Palimpsest, 2012
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Piecemeal, 2006
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Player Piano, 2008
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Recalculate, 2009
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Resume, 2012
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Self-Portrait in B&W, 2011
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She Knew the Game Was Fixed but Played Anyway, 2007
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Sixth year birthday - me, myself and eye. I blew out the match, these candles were never lit, 2011
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Spirit Photograph - Curtain Call, 2012
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Spirit Photograph - Departure , 2012
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Spirit Photograph - Holding Hands, 2012
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Spirit Photograph - No Exit, 2012
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Spirit Photograph - Puppet , 2012
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Spirit Photograph - The Truth About Mirrors, 2012
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Spirit Photograph - Time out of Joint, 2012
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Suicide Mirror, 2009
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The Devil's Alphabet: A, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: B, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: C, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: D, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: E, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: F, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: G, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: H, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: I, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: J, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: K, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: L, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: M, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: N, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: O, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: P, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: Q, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: R, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: S, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: T, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: U, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: V, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: W, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: X, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: Y, 2007
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The Devil's Alphabet: Z, 2007
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The Eye Detector, 2007
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The Eye is the Center, 2011
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The Imposter, 2007
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The Pendulum Swings , 2008
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This House Mirrors Me, 2011
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Tinder , 2011
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Tomorrow is My Birthday and All My Friends are Here, 2006
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Tomorrow is my birthday and I have tired of this room, 2010
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Tomorrow is My Birthday and Things are Much the Same, 2007
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Trial & Error, 2009
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White Thorns, 2007
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Windows without a view, 2010
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Writer's block, 2010
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Year’s End (Blank Page/Recapitulate), 2010