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“Articulate Among Us”

From: Journal of Narrative Theory
Volume 43, Number 3, Fall 2013
pp. 355-356 | 10.1353/jnt.2013.0024

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Never married, never moved from their Family Home.

   I am so potent, I can reach you only after wave upon wave
   of dilution. You will re-discover, but not read me.
   I have built a language to make my work more pure.

A pure inquiry—into unity—has concerned this nation
ever since it claimed Independence through union. Cornerstones
of the Church on the Green in New Haven, monuments

to Regicide: Dickinson, a Fire Bride, a bomb, a volcano. As alive,
or more so, in the grave as out of it. Showing us this across the garden
fence of the grave. Speaking in the tomb, of the tomb, as of a ride,

one of many, every poem one of many, No-name inquiries—
but we have her numbered. Is Dickinson articulate? Did Higginson,
Johnson, Franklin—would Bloom, if Bloom spoke of her—make her

articulate? She said the grave gave her language.
Whitman said the future, always sampling the future, enlisting the future,
and Gibbs a prisoner, of his own unwillingness to auction

his mind, who built a mathematic language to make his work more pure
who made it so pure, it sublimed instantly into zones of power
and remains enthroned there, isolated there. The supremely

articulate among us, Amistad Africans, mutineers for freedom
on the ship they commandeered, stole from the captain and steered
by their own light—and by starlight—to a New World, a rock-bound

coast; a world not wilderness alone, but Wilderness with courts
in it, and canon, and codes of presentation, a world of sacred
language their own language attacked, active virus, ancient

knowledge that it was, they perplex— No translator.
No way-maker. No wizard wise woman sponsor. Only the Valley
itself of the Connecticut River, who brought from itself,

with the help of Sarah, Jonathan Edwards. A valley
itself with its snow and snow water. So far from Home.

   I am so potent, I can reach you only by submitting
   to wave upon wave of dilution. So potent
   only I can reach you: now. Soon.

Stephanie Strickland  

Stephanie Strickland has published seven books of print poetry, most recently Dragon Logic (2013), and collaborated on seven electronic poems, most recently “Sea and Spar Between,” a poetry generator written with Nick Montfort. Her prize-winning volume from Penguin, V: WaveSon.nets / Losing L’una, will appear in a new edition with accompanying app for mobile devices from SpringGun in 2014. Two of her digital pieces appear online in The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 2. (See http://stephaniestrickland.com.)


1.  © Stephanie Strickland, from True North, University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.

Copyright © 2013 JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory
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