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Poem for Patty Chang and David Kelley
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There is an urge to read more
into everything. Outside
we saw you reading. We thought
you were reading two books,
but it was the same one.

You were wearing hats to shade
the single sentence, you.

Earth was the subject matter:
how to walk and how to fall
when you do, and how moving it can be
to stay put.

Let the world funnel in every way
around you—in every way
you can imagine. In every way
  that is open. In every way;
even to fail.

Love is a traveler,
it is tempting to say that.
Love tempts us to say so much.
We should say those things.

Should and love are words we distrust;
but we should say those things.

Say you fear. You both do.
This plays into you, but you are not that.

No one exactly knows
how much you talk
to each other;
it is much less and much more
than suspected.

There is an urge to read more
into everything. We admit it is
our own urge; so it’s not
what you were reading, or working on,
but how it felt in that dry heat,
on that cement porch: a taste on the tongue
scent in the air, and too much light.
And what else? Everything, yes;
but not everything, only the what
  of what might be.

And more,
only more to add.

Thomas Devaney  

Thomas Devaney is the author of The Picture that Remains with photographer Will Brown (Print Center of Philadelphia), A Series of Small Boxes(Fish Drum), The American Pragmatist Fell in Love(Banshee Press), and a nonfiction book, Letters to Ernesto Neto(Germ Folios). He teaches at Haverford College and is the editor of ONandOn-Screen, an e-journal featuring poems and videos.

Copyright © 2013 Thomas Devaney
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Thomas Devaney. "Poem for Patty Chang and David Kelley." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41.3 (2013): 225-226. Project MUSE. Web. 9 Dec. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Devaney, T.(2013). Poem for Patty Chang and David Kelley. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41(3), 225-226. The Feminist Press. Retrieved December 9, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Thomas Devaney. "Poem for Patty Chang and David Kelley." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41, no. 3 (2013): 225-226. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed December 9, 2013).
T1 - Poem for Patty Chang and David Kelley
A1 - Thomas Devaney
JF - WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly
VL - 41
IS - 3
SP - 225
EP - 226
PY - 2013
PB - The Feminist Press
SN - 1934-1520
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/wsq/v041/41.3-4.devaney.html
N1 - Volume 41, Numbers 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2013
ER -


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