From Body to Poem and Back Again

Lola Lemire Tostevin
from Double Standards
as reproduced in Sp/elles

do not be deceived by appearances
I am not a woman   I am a poem

[…]

do not be deceived by appearances
I am not a woman    I am a sequence
dismembered    each organ fastened
to a verb    the mouth to speak
the ear to hear    the eye to see
saw to and fro the contours of my
topic    the red raw of lips that
spread to read mine    the voice
that travels the long curves and
turns of the poem’s socket    as it
locks it    to bear in mind

Gwen Benaway
from “Fuck Your Fear”
Holy Wild

a body is a paragraph,
a poem waiting to be written.

a body is a story,
a character in an imagined world.

a body is a grave,
a dead space between lovers.

a body is a promise,
a gift of histories colliding.

And so for day 2624
18.02.2014

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