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Erica Kaufman

Erica Kaufman is the author of censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). She is the associate director of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College.

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INSTANT CLASSIC: a[tone]meant [I.]

        "the bitter memory / Of what he was, what is, and what must be"
                (Milton, Paradise Lost, Book Four)

                "we continually explore for the invisible power structure behind the visible kings"
                                (Buckminster Fuller)

I.

don't be sick anymore don't sit
silent    recliner mute to the suit
that earns me political return look
through that window only slightly
mutter verbs like persuade, probe,
phrenology, fellow, transgress against
that diaphragmatic urge to be again
"that girl" time marked by shoe sizes,
length of hair   instead propose a practice
a fishbowl where the eye a woman
and the rain really does help
        us avoid the boat the impulse
to just move some chairs around
say "jigsaw   my framing device"
and no longer thirst for genuine
saltwater connection epic armor
i knew i was naked i got off the ark