Juliana Spahr

(1969 / Ohio)

Thrashing Seems Crazy - Poem by Juliana Spahr

this is true
a man in an alley grabbed my arm
this is true
someone called me an left the phone dangling at the post office
this is true
a man stalked me

someone tells a story


someone tells a story to another person
another person says I don't believe this
someone tells the story again in an attempt to convince
someone tells


as disbelief is easy
belief is difficult, supported by constraint

but a woman knows a man stalked her
knows this is true

a woman knows her own address
her own body
her lost domain, her desires, her confusions

someone tells a story


there are things people can do to themselves
they are:
leave molotov cocktail on own yard
set fire to own house
leave a glass of urine on own porch
leave envelope of feces outside own door
send a butcher knife to self at work
send letter to health department that self is spreading VD
stab own back


someone tells this story
says this is true
self turns on self
the knife enters at a point that the self could not have reached
but did
someone tells and then repeats and she stalks herself several
times to convince
someone tries to enter into the information
to pass words back and forth that have meaning
fails, resorts to this is true


this is true
a woman calls her stalker The Poet

this is true
a woman describes a stalker in terms that describe herself

this is true
a woman stalked herself to kill herself

this is true
a woman is at times a man


when a fish is hooked
other fish don't see the hook

thrashing seems crazy

the hook could be the branding of a woman at a young age
by a man
or an older male neighbor spending too much time with a
child
or the boring nature of life

in the story the hook is the artist's rendering of the stalker as
described by the woman
it is the woman in a man's face

she does not know this man
thrashing seems crazy

later she realizes it is herself
her knife
her hook
her own face she was always drawing male

this is true
as thrashing is not crazy when one is on the hook


Comments about Thrashing Seems Crazy by Juliana Spahr

  • Rajnish Manga (10/16/2016 9:57:00 PM)

    Thrashing Seems Crazy by Juliana Spahr
    This is indeed a very thought provoking poem which also tries to explore the various aspects of human nature. Thanks for sharing.
    this is true / a woman stalked herself to kill herself
    this is true / a woman is at times a man
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/25/2015 5:17:00 AM)


    Very amazing poem shared really.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 25, 2015


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