Claudia Rankine

(1963 / Kingston, Jamaica / United State)

After David Hammons - Poem by Claudia Rankine

In the darkened moment a body gifted
with the blue light of a flashlight
enters with levity,
with or without assumptions, doubts, with desire,
the beating heart, disappointment, with desires
Stand where you are.
You begin to move around in search
of the steps it will take before you
are thrown back into your own body
back into your own need to be found.
Destinations are lost. You raise yourself.
No one else is seeking.
You exhaust yourself looking into
the blue light. All day blue burrows
the atmosphere. What doesn't
belong with you won't be seen.
You could build a world out of need
or you could hold everything
back and see. You could hold everything back.
You hold back the black.
You hold everything black.
You hold this body's lack.
You hold yourself
back until nothing's left
but the dissolving blues of metaphor.

Comments about After David Hammons by Claudia Rankine

  • Susan Williams (3/1/2016 4:16:00 PM)

    I agree with Moira. I tried flip-flopping lines and phrases but that didn't unlock the meaning, but I rather enjoyed the journey through the leap-frogging words. (Report) Reply

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  • Moira Cameron (3/1/2016 3:41:00 PM)

    I can't say I know what it all means, but the phraseology is provocatively engaging. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/1/2016 1:04:00 AM)

    A body gifted! Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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