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What David Taught & Where He Taught It

From: New England Review
Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014
p. 30 | 10.1353/ner.2014.0002

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I no longer have the plan within me. —Any plan.
I am no longer able even to weep.
(Was that part of the plan? Surely it was.)
Where I tended a garden a verb has taken shape:
a poison masquerading as honey. I buy & I buy
calendars, all of them missing days—
days I can’t remember or else remember much
too well. I had never thought the past
would come to me in the shape of a bell,
a bird, a bone: that is, brailled and charming.
No I have never driven the combine, the chopper,
the harvester. I see my ghost-fingers in the chaff,
pale & bloody, little Christs. A tray
of surgical instruments glitters at the far edge
of my dusky solfege. Is this a plan? No,
this is a machine, & the angel of machines
has come to trouble all that yet lies
within me. I feel its breath, a library cold & heavy
on my bearded cheek. How to believe
in something that is not already a part of oneself?
—The way the garment believes in the body
as long as it’s being worn; the way I take
the poison into myself for the sake of its sweetness.
Plan, from the Latin planus, flat. A schematic
of where love has dwelt, the apposed weft’s
blue inclusory. I protected nothing, I bloodied
my apron with love’s tenses. My children
burn like matchsticks in a single night.
They sound their one note like trumpets wrapped
in gauze . . . Speak ark, speak ash. You
who do not know how to die, who read this,
you whose standing perturbs the unnaillable light.

G. C. Waldrep  

G. C. Waldrep’s most recent books are Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), with John Gallaher; The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey; and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). He lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for Kenyon Review.

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