Captivity by Sheck, Laurie

By Sheck, Laurie

A set of poetry that explores the textures and hobbies of the human mind.

summary: a suite of poetry that explores the textures and pursuits of the human brain

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The term “Remove” can be found in Mary Rowlandson’s narrative: she divides her captive journey, beginning on the 10th of February 1676 and ending on April 12th of that same year, into Nineteen Removes. The phrase “clockwork prayer” is from the artist Elizabeth King. The poem in which it appears is dedicated to her. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My gratitude to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard for the Fellowship year during which I completed this book. Thanks as well to all those who read and commented on the manuscript.

Have you broken apart in your far-from-here, your always-absence, have you Shattered to burnt galaxies of atoms? —Yet even so— Rope-burn Maybe there is in silence a remoter tenderness, Uncharted peace most delicate and threatened. But I feel the rope-burn’s dizzying mystery on me Always, the long scald of it pressing on the captive’s wrists. Such parched riverbeds It carves there, such raw breakage of suppose and comfort. How can the mind caught up in fright not harm itself, not dream the killing-parties Ever?

Or grow calm But never wholly still, as when leaves, like sensor-chips, register the slightest mutations of air. … The man in the asylum— Did he watch the trees registering wind, dust rising and swirling, settling back? ” He walked out to tend the garden plot allowed him, Then, back inside, continued writing— O what can words The weak interpreters of mortal thoughts… Or what can thoughts tho’ wild of wing they rove… And, “Winter of all. Be mindful,” This he read in Latin. … Winter has made of these trees black rips against the sky.

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