Rebecca Elson

(1960 - 1999 / Canada)

Carnal Knowledge - Poem by Rebecca Elson

Having picked the final datum
From the universe
And fixed it in its column,
Named the causes of infinity,
Performed the calculus
Of the imaginary i, it seems

The body aches
To come too,
To the light,
Transmit the grace of gravity,
Express in its own algebra
The symmetries of awe and fear,
The shudder up the spine,
The knowing passing like a cool wind
That leaves the nape hairs leaping.


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  • Dutendra Chamling Dutendra Chamling (6/28/2016 4:19:00 AM)

    Rebecca Elson! Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, June 20, 2016


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