Gasps
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
 
; SONG IS SUBJECTIVE

Here are four poems from the series "; SONG IS SUBJECTIVE" -- check out the September 1 post on my Chatelaine's Poetics Blog about part of the background to this series:


; TO STUDY ART IS TO BECOME THIN

; despite Cezanne's desire, the world is never unclad

; to peruse a painting (intently) and see only one's uncertainty over where to look

; mistaking science for "bathroom graffiti"

; why flinch when penetration results from the swish of a kilt

; figuration, not abstraction, the synonym for ambiguity

; white velvet ribbon become bookmark

; lace


*****


; THE SECOND LAST CHANCE

; rough skin a map

; allowing entry for what a lover represents

; the glue of ifs

; on edge through a silver lash

; overhearing the language shared by a toddler and a stuffed animal

; unfurling an antique wedding veil

; bone


*****


; THE BACK OF A NAPKIN

; which one story to retain?

; the wine not as sweet as the offer

; she softens through sleep

; I began to know at age 43

; the willed decision obviating "mistake"

; ice relaxing its contours into liquid gold

; 645-1133


*****


; THE EMBODIMENT OF LANGUAGE

; the impossibility of bottoming out

; a hug pricked by small, slanted bones

; naked, due to intrusion by a bruise

; softened by the presence of hair

; "these were borrowed gestures"

; the names of children not born, like Alexander

; pearls




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