Academic journal article Field

Evidence of the Making Process

Academic journal article Field

Evidence of the Making Process

Article excerpt

At night my computer screen

tries to imagine my brain

on its way to sleep,

turns the color of a polluted sky:

washed in coffee,

wrung out. Barely visible degree

between dusk and nightfall, between

cause and correlation,

sleep and medicated sleep, original

and faithful copy. An animal teaches

its child to swim

by writing the script for swimming

into its body before it is born,

or an animal

breaks a hole in the ice and gets in,

shivers, exaggerates the strokes.

Rodin wanted you

to see his fingerprints, the docent says,

evidence of the making process. Imagine

the body in myth,

later in bronze, a hull of sand. To glance

up and down the reach of its arms, rise

where hamstring met haunch,

its mineral caves, darted calves, and know

it has lost every place it's been held.

Negative of the self, its ghoul-eyed

means of reproduction. …

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