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Reading Time: 1 Minute 26 Seconds

Rating: 2.6

The fear of poetry is the
fear : mystery and fury of a midnight street
of windows whose low voluptuous voice
issues, and after that there is not peace.

The round waiting moment in the
theatre : curtain rises, dies into the ceiling
and here is played the scene with the mother
bandaging a revealed son's head. The bandage is torn off.
Curtain goes down. And here is the moment of proof.

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Susan Williams 11 February 2016

This poem literally dramatizes the fear of subjectivity in ‘Reading Time: 1 minute 26 seconds’. That is why many people turn away from poetry- they fear the intensity, the subjectivity, the spotlight on our weaknesses.The stanzas in this poem are rich with the stress of the present moment, the moments of trauma and of love that extend far beyond their moment of action. The effects of these moments in time go much further than the act of reading and how long it took to read it - they become part of the continuity of history.

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M Asim Nehal 09 July 2016

Awesome comment on a crafty poem.

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