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[80] A fter the F l ower And where shall we go? Ask the submerged things. Pablo Neruda Neruda molts in his diving suit. The hose and shoes erode, the metal sheath waves in slow motion, lily on a stem. Called to the supper that lasts, he has lost all boundaries, speaks to the dead, to the rose on pilgrimage, his words like doves set free from a flood. It is communion at its most extreme, the total loss of what was thought to be essential, a kingdom of equals at table destined to become and become. Submerged things fall apart, yield to the weight of water, an emerald city. Neruda hobnobs with the ribs of a whale, swims into curves of calcium spouting song like a troubadour sworn to lady earth. ...

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ISBN
9780874217971
Related ISBN
9780874217964
MARC Record
OCLC
650341890
Pages
93
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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