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Underneath (13)Jorie Graham
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Vol. 21 No. 15 · 29 July 1999
Poem

Underneath (13)

Jorie Graham

353 words

needed explanation
because of the mystic nature of the theory
and our reliance on collective belief
I could not visualise the end
the tools that paved the way broke
the body the foundation the exact copy of the real
our surfaces were covered
our surfaces are all covered
actual hands appear but then there is writing
in the cave we were deeply impressed
as in addicted to results
oh and dedication training the idea of loss of life
in our work we call this emotion
how a poem enters into the world
there is nothing wrong with the instrument
as here I would raise my voice but
the human being and the world cannot be equated
aside from the question of whether or not we are alone
and other approaches to nothingness
(the term ‘subject’) (the term ‘only’)
also opinion and annihilation
(the body’s minutest sensation of time)
(the world, it is true, has not yet been destroyed)
intensification void
we are amazed
uselessness is the last form love takes
so liquid till the forgone conclusion
here we are, the forgone conclusion
so many messages transmitted they will never acquire meaning
do you remember my love my archive
touch me (here)
give birth to a single idea
touch where it does not lead to war
show me exact spot
climb the stairs
lie on the bed
have faith
nerves wearing only moonlight lie down
lie still patrol yr cage
be a phenomenon
at the bottom below the word
intention, lick past it
rip years
find the burning matter
love allows it (I think)
push past the freedom (smoke)
push past intelligence (smoke)
whelm sprawl
(favourite city) (god’s tiny voices)
hand over mouth
let light arrive
let the past strike us and go
drift undo
if it please the dawn
lean down
say hurt undo
in your mouth be pleased
where does it say
where does it say
this is the mother tongue
there is in my mouth a ladder
climb down
presence of world
impassable gap
pass
I am beside myself
you are inside me as history
We exist Meet me

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