Academic journal article Field

Every Girl Is an Experimental Girl

Academic journal article Field

Every Girl Is an Experimental Girl

Article excerpt

In Sun Bank lobby the palest girl knits

a heavy blue thing. You could say nature is winning.

She knows seven palms and seven people

in the city where an alligator is a grocery cart.

Coming back, she'd wanted lichen in her lobby, expected green

snakes, vines. Not swarms of black plastic cords connected to her

lost-left world.

For a girl, a vine is a telephone line. Not a noose, not a monster, not

a lasso.

Any girl will still grow in darkness.

This evening a squirrel swings like swag in the jaws of a bobcat

behind See Saw Junction. (Could a girl be dead in a mouth and be

okay?)

She never made a war, a complete sock, a sound, a daughter, a box,

a belonging. She misses herself then. She misses herself now. …

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