Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

These Underwatered

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

These Underwatered

Article excerpt

If even thumbnails bear me messages

your blood is borrowed but the bruises yours to keep

then where am I, and who? Was my disappearance

reported to the authorities before I learned of it

myself? I could know I have gone missing

only by report, but where would they send the delegation?

Where did they send it, that it never arrived here?

I can't quantify my location. I can neither

interrogate nor represent my fascination

with forms of interrogation and representation.

Oris it that I can interrogate only

forms of interrogation, represent only forms

of representation? Would those conditions,

those limitations, be so different from one another?

I know you are telling me something your words are not,

but I can't connect your posture with your intonation.

You are to me an ocean, beyond governmentality.

What good has it done me (read: what good would it do)

to understand that there can be no purification

of knowledge, power, subjugation, and mediation?

How does it help to know that power is

power of subjugation? The subjugated know what

the powerful need not. There's still above the wreck

a slick to mark the spot at which it sunk,

though the leak turned long ago from news to history. …

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