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Roaming the Forest of Eager Talking

The eager clattering singing wastes my listening 
and I am over 

ready to run breathing the ways the 
sticks invite my wanting 

I want to think in feeling ways the talking thinks 
in moving ways the sticks invite 

thinking answering their questions 
the eager clattering singing does 

always interrupt the sailing play 
the play is the questions the sailing 

is the tears I know the tears 
will overfill ready to become 

a thinking and feeling I am 
ready to become a loving man


From The Wanting Way (Milkweed Editions, 2022) by Adam Wolfond. Copyright © 2022 by Adam Wolfond. Reprinted with the permission of the Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Milkweed Editions,


Adam Wolfond

Adam Wolfond is the author of The Wanting Way (Milkweed Editions, 2022). He is a non- speaking autistic artist, poet, and university lecturer whose work has been featured in multimedia exhibitions, documentary films, academic journals, and philosophical treatises. He is the author of two chapbooks, There Is Too Music in My Ears and In Way of Music Water
Answers Toward Questions Other Than What Is Autism
, both published by Unrestricted Editions. He is a founding member of dis assembly, a neurodiverse artist collective based in Toronto. 

Date Published: 2022-02-01

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