Photograph by Keith Hunter, courtesy of Tramway, Glasgow.

 

 

Terms is written in language which touches on the conventions of contracts, conditions, and demands, and it asserts the narrator’s intense desire to not be regarded as a man. At different points it seems to be addressed to professional contacts, to family, to romantic partners, to old friends, and to traumatic figures from the past. Throughout these appeals for personhood, the narrator only has power to threaten one thing; their own withdrawal, which may be pulling out, distancing, dissociating, or running away.