Academic journal article Transnational Literature

LiveRecovery

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

LiveRecovery

Article excerpt

1.

the suffering angels offered the river's gaze

I wasn't to blame

I steadfastly redeem inhabiting my body

as stone melody vindicates my innocent feet

questions of my father open palms

revealing the vulnerability of my inner arms

the medusa gaze of the orchid returns

me to consequence

the unspeakable forces closed my swallow

around his death was a relief

the raking of the leaves

plastic prongs on stone

sounds like the scraping out of the inside of a grave

presence exonerates death's permanence

2.

summation anomalies offered the river's genealogies

I wasn't to blink

I steadfastly redeem inhabiting my body guarded

as stopwatch memory vindicates my insider footholds

questions of my fatherland fatigue open pandemics

revealing the vulnerability of my inner armouries

the medusa gaze of the ordinance returns

me to conspirator

the unspeakable forecasts closed my swallow

around his debt was a rendering

the raking of the leaves

plastic prongs on stoppage

sounds like the scraping out of the inside of gravity

precedent exonerates death's permanence

3.

waiting in an empty hospital room with his shoes

waiting for him to come back and fill them

his sleep sounds like the sea on the sand in Sandringham

the tide tiredness pulls at my ankles

watching the light change on my choices

traumatised people use strong verbs

don't anguish over it he says

the hallways are blocked with length and emptiness

the coffee is not working and my reasons are worn

the river gives rest under bluestone sky

intimacy takes the shape of a star jump orchid

a paper cut heart bleeds coffee stains

cheap scotch tastes like when he left

tea tastes like post-natal depression

4. …

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