Phil Hall
Why I Haven’t Written
“One Breast”

Opening stanza and closing stanza.

Amazons had them removed
like this. But they chose to.


The enemy has provided you with room
for a weapon. If we can find one.

The poignancy of the piece results from the movement into apostrophe (from mere description of the Amazons) and then into the intensification of a commitment of a shared destiny — “we” sonorously laid close to “one”. We somehow know that the true weapon (like the true enemy) is shaped of words …

And so for day 1566

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