Tuesday, November 5, 2013

facts (Poem)

facts

    after a page from Anne Carson's Nox


I am looking

a long time
into the thin sorrowful sky

allowing it to be
seen

memory burrs

in silence
cigarette-smoke-soaked

it is indecipherable

truth resists formation
facts cannot

be got round

© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas
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The inspiration for this "found" poem in this page from Anne Carson's brilliant memoir of grief,  Nox (New Directions, 2010):



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Anne Carson at New Directions (Be sure to see the links to related posts.)

5 comments:

Peggy Rosenthal said...

I like the way you blur the syntax by your choices of line-breaks. I've been re-reading C. K. Williams' collection "Repair," where he also stretches and contorts syntax into impossible grammar that opens up multiple resonances in the poem -- as you do here

Björn said...

A great "found" poetry.. cannot avoid to trace some autumn sadness in your imagery. Wonderful and haunting lines.

rumoursofrhyme said...

truth resists formation ...

aint that the truth, but it doesn't seem to stop us from trying to make the truth be what we want it to be ...

pandamoniumcat said...

You capture that ache of loss in such a straight forward way. A perfect found poem.

Laura Boggess said...

Maureen, this poem gathers up that page and presses it deep into a heart. That "thin, sorrowful sky", the "muteness" of the brother, "overtakelessness"...I am just about undone by this one thin page and the way you've pieced together these found words.