The Case for Memory
I was amok & fearless twice deceived for which I sought out satisfactions in a tree. Too carelessly I reached for love & beaten down I found you in a froth or frenzy spent my days around the pan yards. I would ask no help from those whose trust is weak but I would buy the latest & the least. I live for something practical --the case for memory-- I set one foot into the space the others leave abandoned. Not your lord or slave I meet you in an equal clash of wills & face you down. I only touch the ground on Sundays
From A Book of Witness by Jerome Rothenberg. Copyright © 2003 by Jerome Rothenberg. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.
Poet, editor, and translator, Jerome Rothenberg has published over seventy books and pamphlets of poetry and is known for being at the forefront of American ethnopoetics.
Date Published: 2003-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/case-memory