Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010

By Adrienne Rich

Ballad of the Poverties from per thirty days Review

There’s the poverty of the cockroach state and the rusted bathroom bowl
The poverty of to scouse borrow nutrients for the 1st time
The poverty of to mouth a penis for a paycheck
The poverty of candy charity ladling
Soup for the bad who should always be there for that
There’s the poverty of conception poverty of the swollen abdominal shamed
Poverty of the degree mill the poll that is going nowhere
Princes of predation allow me inform you
There are poverties and there are poverties

There’s the poverty of inexpensive baggage bursted open at immigration
The poverty of the became head, the prevented eyes
The poverty of bored intercourse of tormented sex
The poverty of the bounced fee the poverty of the dumpster dive
The poverty of the pawned horn the poverty of the smashed analyzing glasses
The poverty pushing the sheeted gurney the poverty cleansing up the puke
The poverty of the pavement artist the poverty passed-out on pavement
Princes of finance you who've no longer lain there
There are poverties and there are poverties

There is the poverty of hand-to-mouth and door-to-door
And the poverty of news patched-up to promote there
There’s the poverty of the kid thumbing the Interstate
And the poverty of the bride enlisting for war
There’s the poverty of prescriptions who can afford
And the poverty of ways could you ever finish it
There is the poverty of stones fisted in pocket
And the poverty of the village bulldozed to rubble
Princes of weaponry who've on no account tasted war
There are poverties and there are poverties
There’s the poverty of wages stressed out for the funeral you
Can’t get to the poverty of the wage cut
There’s the poverty of human exertions provided silently at the curb
The poverty of the no-contact criminal visit
There’s the poverty of backyard sale scrapings unfold
And rejected the poverty of eviction, marriage ceremony mattress out on street
Prince allow me let you know who won't ever study via phrases
There are poverties and there are poverties

You who shuttle by way of inner most jet like a housefly
Buzzing with the opposite flies of plundered poverties
Princes and courtiers who won't ever research via words
Here’s a reflect you could look at: take it: it’s yours.

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The remainder of them are in profile; that face of hers I see complete concentration one after the other they went out via a dim doorway to fulfill whoever they’d been awaiting. I write it down from reminiscence. Couldn’t locate the home later but —No illusions at this desk. Spoken from her time again into mine. I’m the dreaming ghost, visitor, waitress, watcher, in need of the phrases to be actual. regardless of the guns may possibly come to intend 2009 III From Sickbed seashores From beaches of sickness:   skin of the globe stretches and snakes out and in   room sound of the universe bearing undulant wavelengths to an exhausted ear (sick physique in a ill country:   can it recover? what's it besides to exist as matter   to topic? ) All, all is distant from here:   yachts carelessly veering tanker’s beak plunging into the strut of the bridge slicked encircling waters stressed out wrists   jerked-back heads gagged mouths   flooded lungs All, all distant and close to Wavelengths— whose? mine, theirs, ours   even yours who haven’t but installed a be aware? So remoteness glazes sickened skin   affliction of distance   so surprisingly, simply, clinging like webs unfold in a single day through creatures vanished prior to we stuck them at paintings So: to endure this country, this caul that may be hell’s airborne anaesthetic, exemption from feeling   or hell’s natural and required definition: —surrender to un-belonging, being-for-itself-alone, runged in the back of white curtains in an emergency cubicle, taking care of its personal situation All is subject, after all, matter-of-course   You can have taken classes in subject all alongside attending rather than slicing the category You knew the phone had wires, you may see them overhead the place sparrows sat and chattered jointly you along a window someplace mobile in hand hearing tears thickening a throat in a urban in other places you muttering again your defective formulae ear tuned to mute vibrations from an occupied region: an previous, enraged silence nonetheless listening on your voice Did then you definately keeping the telephone tongue your personal lips finger your bare shoulder as in case you might liquefy contact into sound via wires   to lips or shoulders lick down a whole physique in ordinary mystery   irregardless legislation of subject? Hopeless mind's eye of indications to not be bought From the beaches of disease you lie out on listless waters with out boundaries   floodplain with no horizon dun skies mirroring its opaque face and not anything no longer a water moccasin or floating shoe or tree root to stir curiosity in other places being the identify of no matter what as soon as stated your identify and also you answered   now the one the place is here   this uninteresting floodplain this physique sheathed in indifference   sweat now not letting the fever out yet coating it in oil   You may well supply any soul-tricking oarsman no matter what coin you’re nonetheless palming yet there’s a divide among the seashores of disease and the mythical, purifying river of death   You may have this story to inform, you might have to stay to inform this story 2008 IV Axel Avákar Axel Avákar Axel: backstory Axel, in thunder i used to be there, Axel Axel, darkly obvious, in a pitcher condo [Axel Avákar: fictive poet, counter-muse, brother] Axel Avákar The I you recognize isn’t me, you acknowledged, truthtelling liar My roots are usually not my chains and that i to you:   Whose arms have grown via mine?

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