Academic journal article Field

When We Dead Awaken

Academic journal article Field

When We Dead Awaken

Article excerpt

for Elise Young


Trying to tell you how

the anatomy of the park

through stained panes, the way

guerillas are advancing

through minefields, the trash

burning endlessly in the dump

to return to heaven like a stain

everything outside our skins is an image

of this affliction:

stones on my table, carried by hand

from scenes I trusted

souvenirs of what I once described

as happiness

everything outside my skin

speaks of the fault that sends me limping

even the scars of my decisions

even the sun-blaze in the mica-vein

even you, fellow-creature, sister

sitting across from me, dark with love,

working like me to pick apart

working with me to remake

this trailing knitted thing, this cloth of darkness,

this woman's garment, trying to save the skein.


The fact of being separate

enters your livelihood like a piece of furniture

-a chest of seventeenth-century wood

from somewhere in the North.

It has a huge lock shaped like a woman's head

but the key has not been found.

In the compartments are other keys

to lost doors, an eye of glass. …

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