Poem for June 18

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Things should be said more largely than the personal way.
Things are larger than the personal way of telling.
Intimate confession is a project.
Confession’s structured plan of percents and regulations.

When the amounts of blood are considered.
When the strength, the quantities, of blood are regarded.
When blood is thought as meaning.
An intimate confession.

Blood is a force, a house.
And the difference between those that took and those that remained.
As the qualities of blood are considered remains undocumentable.
As the quantities of blood are considered remains unquantifiable.

For we are located with some and not with others for this is intimate.
We are situated with some and not with one against confession.

-Juliana Spahr, from the “Sonnets” section of Well Then There Now (Black Sparrow, 2011)

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