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The Erotic Is a Measure Between
Your body is not my pommel horse
nor my Olympic pool or diving board.
Your body is not my personal internet
channel nor my timeline,
nor my warm Apollo spotlight.
Your body is not my award
gala. Your body is not my game—
preseason or playoffs.
Your body is not my political party
convention. Your body is not
my frontline or my war’s theatre.
Your body is not my time
trial. Your body is not my entrance
exam or naturalization interview.
I am a citizen of this skin—that
alone—and yours is not to be
passed nor won. What is done—
when we let our bodies sharpen
the graphite of each other’s bodies
—is not my test, not my solo
show. One day I’ll learn. I’ll prove
I know how to lie with you without
anticipating the scorecards of your eyes,
how I might merely abide—we two
unseated, equidistant from the wings
in a beating black box, all stage.
|July 11, 2014||Slowly in Prayer||Matthew Lippman|
|July 12, 2014||Spirits of the Dead||Edgar Allan Poe|
|July 13, 2014||Juan Higera Creek||Robinson Jeffers|
|July 14, 2014||Ithaca||Ira Sadoff|
|July 15, 2014||from “The Tatters”||Brenda Coultas|
|July 16, 2014||Suffering the Unattainable||David Dodd Lee|
|July 17, 2014||remembering; and with the aid of; ventilation; and production; the poem||Christian Hawkey|
|July 18, 2014||The Wall Hanging I Never Noticed||Dorothea Lasky|
|July 19, 2014||Appellate Jurisdiction||Marianne Moore|
|July 20, 2014||The Answer||Sara Teasdale|