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Rebecca Wolff
Rebecca Wolff
The founder of the literary journal Fence, Rebecca Wolff's collection Manderley was selected for the 2000 National Poetry Series...
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Poems about the Mind and Thinking
From Trance Notebook #2 [nerdy questions about exact pitch]
by Wayne Koestenbaum
Intention to Escape from Him
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
It was a hard thing to undo this knot
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Joseph Brodsky in Venice (1981)
by Campbell McGrath
Museum Guard
by David Hernandez
Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow
by Robert Duncan
Panels for the Walls
by Cedar Sigo
Tang
by Bruce Cohen
The Long Hand Wishes It Was Used
by Jackie Clark
The Needle
by Jennifer Grotz
The Whole World Is Gone
by Jennifer Grotz
Thoughts
by Walt Whitman
Why I Am Not a Buddhist
by Charles Bernstein
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Experiment in Divination: Voice and Character

 
by Rebecca Wolff

There is a curiosity that knows
I know

deathless ceiling of unknowing
I know

Querent,

Who I ask
is changing

all the time

changing
now changed.

How else is one to know

How is one to know how to proceed

the course of action

a non-reflective surface

a playing card on a wooden picnic table
a knot of knowing on a node of playing

How is one to know

How else is one to know how to proceed

How is one to make the motion against


And thereís forever
and thatís a mighty long time.
About this poem:

"This is one of a group or series of 'Experiments in Voice and Character'; it is either the first or the last, I haven't decided, but so far it is the only one that announces its thematic material in its title. The divinatory practice it concerns itself with is the reading of cards; it concerns itself with longing for an answer when we cannot have an answer, the intense longing that provokes a certainty that there is a way of knowing if only we had it. And then we do."

—Rebecca Wolff






Copyright © 2013 by Rebecca Wolff. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on August 7, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.
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