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.


Comments about Carnal Knowledge by Rebecca Elson

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


    Rebecca Elson! Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Monday, June 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, June 20, 2016


Rebecca Elson's Other Poems

Famous Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  2. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  3. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  4. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  8. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]