Academic journal article Antipodes

The Other Way Out

Academic journal article Antipodes

The Other Way Out

Article excerpt

One way out of the insufferable

medium of a par-boiled heart

is to desire desire until your lungs

expand like a universe

light years away from implosion.

Forget this wanting a little a lot

of things (or its converse), aim

to want it all-the red dress, red shoes

the body with its yellow fat and red

muscle shifting your mysterious bones.

Another way out is to exhale,

to toss everything until you are left

with only a desire to toss things out-

get rid of that, too. Tell the world

it can't fire you because you've quit,

say Self, sit till you no longer want

to bum in paradise. Stand in

the comer until each thought is

a fly crawling across the white wall

of your flesh. …

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