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Gina Franco '97
Call one shadow, the other fullness: little difference
between cloud & sea: captured together they most resemble
a new bruise, or the trembling surface of an offered cup: held
so to grip this world, to test belonging & not belonging
to the sea, to the cloud: pictured together we must resemble
the murmuring flock at the center − surge of question marks −
− body of bodies − in this last world of belonging & unbelonging:
the ghost of a bird is “bird”: mirrorlike, though one is less real:
murmuring flocks at the border − as when questions make a scene −
it’s startling, how the frame holds fast. It happens there is no escape.
The ghost in a “bird” is bird: mirrorlike, the more they reel:
& tear-like bodies make clouds (the same we see make a sea):
how startling the frame, how vast as it happens: no escaping
these repetitions: the flock is all water, the birds, waves,
bodies tear from the sea (from the same clouds, it seems).
these repetitions: the flock all water − birds: waves −
if not frame & apparition, if not pictured where we look.
to be held without beholding
frame & apparition & picture as we like:
no bruised & trembling reflection in this offered cup: held
& held without the gripe of beholding
one as shadow, the other fullness:
little difference never-landing:
(from The Map of Every Lilac Leaf: Poets Respond to the Smith College Museum of Art, 2020)