And Simply Read
But if the body were a kind of book…
Imagine it as a rectangle,
small enough for a hand to circle,
lift from the table, slight enough
to bear from chair to bath,
to steady on the rim of a tub,
to skim to the end of
leafing ahead to the obvious
while around you steam rises.
Or suppose a more complicated plot,
one that prods you to locate
the chapter on desire, intention
in the author, one you could explicate.
Lay that one beside you on the bed.
Let it fall open of its own accord
and simply read.
by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of two books, Reading Berryman to the Dog and Discount Fireworks (both Jacaranda Books). Her most recent chapbook is Persephone on the Metro, (MadHat Press, 2014.) For more information, check her website at www.wendytaylorcarlisle.com.
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