Audre Lorde invites the reader to contemplate some unfinished business in the concluding lines of “Legacy — Hers” collected in The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance. Poems 1987-1992. A dying word becomes a task.
your last word to me was wonderful
and I am still seeking the rest
of that terrible acrostic
And the temptation to take up the word and create a “broken acrostic” that is an acrostic that is incomplete and thereby fulfilled…
W aterfalls fall
O ver only
N ew nothingness
D epth deep
E mpty empty
Picked up the trick of reduplication from Wang Wei.
And so for day 851