Now wasn't Eliot's poetry the provenance of these experiments?

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Experiment in Divination: Voice and Character
 
 

There is a curiosity that knows

I know

 

deathless ceiling of unknowing

I know

 

Querent,

 

Who I ask

is changing

 

all the time

 

changing

now changed.

 

How else is one to know

 

How is one to know how to proceed

 

the course of action

 

a non-reflective surface

 

a playing card on a wooden picnic table

a knot of knowing on a node of playing

 

How is one to know

 

How else is one to know how to proceed

 

How is one to make the motion against

 

 

And there's forever

and that's a mighty long time.

 

 

Copyright 2013 by Rebecca Wolff. Used with permission of the author.  

About This Poem
"This is one of a group or series of 'Experiments in Voice and Character'; it is either the first or the last, I haven't decided, but so far it is the only one that announces its thematic material in its title. The divinatory practice it concerns itself with is the reading of cards; it concerns itself with longing for an answer when we cannot have an answer, the intense longing that provokes a certainty that there is a way of knowing if only we had it. And then we do.
 

--Rebecca Wolff

Most Recent Book by Wolff

(W. W. Norton, 2010)

  

 

 

 

 

 

August 7, 2013

Rebecca Wolff's third collection of poems is The King (W. W. Norton, 2010). Wolff is the founder and editor of the journal Fence. She lives in Athens, New York.
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