by Tim Gilmore, 8/18/2013
Tim Gilmore still haunts Public School Number Four.
Someone sent me a photo of my name spray painted on a wall over the stairs. In a community cleanup effort to remove graffiti and trash from the premises of the abandoned building, the first thing she saw was the message, “Tim Gilmore is still here.”
Strange to find my name on a wall inside a sealed-up building. What does the message mean? Do I haunt the old school building, unbeknownst to myself? Who is this “Tim Gilmore”? It’s not necessarily a person with my face. It’s a name and a body of writing that connects to the hidden and secret places in the city. Maybe Tim Gilmore is still there, inside the school, and what he does there is a mystery to the person who continues to use his name for a byline.