from Bharat jiva [the day shifts...]
the day shifts, we talk to each other the way
we talk to each other, the luster fades, our
bodies fill with sap, there is a shift, joy
reappears before another personal narrative
burns to a heap of citations, continuing in
complicated machinery, becoming blood
knots in space, both the living and dead
surround the present has been. I open my
eyes in the full force of fear and hesitation,
frozen in passing passageways with endless
permutations, subjected to violence, stupidity,
From Bharat jiva, published by Belladonna Books. Copyright © 2009 by kari edwards. Reprinted with permission of Belladonna Books.
Known for her work as a gender activist, kari edwards published several books, including the posthumous poetry collections Bharat jiva (Belladonna Books, 2009) and succubus in my pocket (EOAGH Books, 2015).
Date Published: 2016-03-02
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/bharat-jiva-day-shifts