A POOR READING OF GIORDANO BRUNO MIGHT SUGGEST TOUCH DOES ONE OF THREE THINGS
1. Send the body into evaporation. Direct feeling inside to a state of unconsciousness. Relieve the self of knowing its body. Join self with absence. Collapse awareness. Tell the body it's not necessary, though a talented, hungry conduit. Launch thought skyward into a diffuse, relieving automatism. End something which will be welcome as having ended.
2 Feel dry, or, alternatively, clammy upon the skin. Pull at it. Irritate the receiving body. Invite it into confusion. Bring upon banal thoughts about skincare routine, diet. Tell the body where it stops, or at least pose the question.
3. Deliver sun upon the body. Shoot warmth through it, adding density. Bring an awareness that is welcome and reassuring. Apply tranquility as though a compress. Form the body with labile softness. Tell it not where it stops but that it can grow outward with the touch the graces it. Not skin, flesh; Not the barrier but a continuity of the organ with whatever adjoining part. The skin meeting the blood meeting the muscle.