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http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/thebordercrossingobservatory/publications/australian-border-deaths-database/

On April 26 2016, Omid Masoumali, a 23 year-old Iranian man, set himself on fire on the island of Nauru. This is for him.

Onshore offshore
I am the difference
Cake is forgetting
So cake is the difference
Onshore offshore
I am the law
The line is consent
So the job’s on the line
Onshore offshore
I am the purpose
Fear is the means
So I am the monster
Onshore offshore
I am the horde
Two is a family
So I am alone
Onshore offshore
I am the voter
Pork on the menu
So I am the flame
Onshore offshore
I am the process
The process is broken
So I fix an island
Onshore offshore
I am the army
The country is vacant
So I live in fear
Onshore offshore
I am the rescue
Your fall is illegal
So rescue is judgement
Onshore offshore
I am the time
Despair is my meeting
So a meeting’s my hour
Onshore offshore
I am the reason
War is a movie
So I am its star
Onshore offshore
I am the heartbeat
The muscle is tender
So the stomach’s to blame
Onshore offshore
I am the actor
Anguish is genuine
So my lines must be true
Onshore offshore
I am the deity
Your creed operational
So it vaults past belief
Onshore offshore
I am the fury
Nowhere a day’s end
So night is accelerant
Onshore offshore
I am the horror
Information snow blinds
So the beast walks on by.

Rich man
Rapist
Tip fly
Guard
Director
Spokesman
Justice
Nurse
Smuggler
Captain
Builder
Ward
Tenderer
Accountant
Teacher
Agent
Food prep
Policeman
Landholder
Crew
Manager
Driver
Scapegoat
Fire

Onshore offshore
Category error
Neither in nor out
My terror
Neither here nor there
This answer.
Nobody wants here
They just can’t stand it there.

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