Mar '12 12
It's that time of the week again!

I rescued this poem from Disgrace by J M Coetzee (p27) and The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (p193). What do you think? Or maybe I should ask how you feel.


Beer fingers pressed
his face towers
leaning like a lover
whispering wary affairs

        murmurs         no
        whispers         no

raise sweater
rip singlet
kick shoes
slip stockings

        says         no
        repeats         no

wracked forehead, mouth, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, fists, buttocks, legs, ankles

        snarls         no
        crying         no

clinking movement
honey drinking
warm unfurled crushed will


heavy hands stroke folds
looped to bottles of misery
snake uncurled, hard against belly
intoxicating rock of female
clasped to a basket of heat
perforated prisoner

twitched, transfixed, then flicker
suddenly the idea of ice, blackening, double-towered, in waves
reared storm tilting soundlessly, quickly.

        Repeat         no.
        Meant         no.

Dead-man's-fingers cover absence.

Posted by Jennifer Liston

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  1. robert says:

    *... shudder

  2. Jen says:

    *Yeah, sorry, it's not a pleasant rescue-ee is it? Maybe I should have left it where I found it! Ah well... :-)

  3. Mike says:

    *Two great books, one of which was deeply disturbing, the other uplifting. Great source material. The poem seems to lean more to "Disgrace" - disturbing. It's a really interesting process JL. I must give it a go myself.

  4. Jen says:

    *Thanks for the comment MH...

    ...yes I agree that this one seems to lean more towards 'Disgrace', which I find interesting. I seem to be drawn towards the darker words and drawn to re-creating dark images.

    I'd be very interested to see what turns up if you 'rescued' one of these orphans! ;-)

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