Depends on how one takes it, Schlanger. 
Modes of apprehension, maybe.
A raid on the inarticulate, as Eliot said. 

CR 


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That, CR, does not inure to Eliot's credit.

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

CR


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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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