In order to maintain the Archive, a system of value determination (appraisal) and selection for entry into the Archive must be implemented. Systems of value appraisal favor permanence; the Archive of Poverty subverts this by relying on a value determination process based on proximity to the Body. A shard of glass stuck in the meat of your foot is of greater value than a shard of glass on the sidewalk. A shard of glass stuck in the meat of your foot creates its own entry into the Archive through scarring, breaking the skin of the Threshold and circumventing the process of appraisal.   

The Archive is a liminal space between public and private and acquires and preserves the following in order to further confuse the distinction between these:

a 24 hour flu

a hole

a poem memorized in 6th grade

a shard of glass in the meat of your foot

a time I was really cold

dandruff, scabs, and skin slough


dreams deferred

dust and detritus

felony convictions

fleas, scabies, ringworm

food stamps

fugitive feelings


previous employers

slow breaths

Social Security Number and Date of Birth

sore feet

unopened mail