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    Monday, April 03, 2006

    National Poetry Month: Poem for the Day

    THE ROOM IS A FOUNTAIN IN EXPERIENCE
    by Claudia Rankine

    Though a previousness, cushioned by dark, aggregates the room
    (for there is no disparity),

    a room is brought into existence, the activity of--

    Here Liv is letting herself feel as she feels, her will yielding to
    streams, the lyric field of her everyday depths.

    Her presence is. It's come along, is lost, is loss, is wallside
    reconciling: can I love now please?

    Or in inclusion she bursts into a hood of tenderness: the body's
    anguish and flesh and all reflected in the absorbed atmosphere
    soaking her being,

    then the self feels deeper the depicted insistence engaged, its
    essential nest, its scape--

    And always and each contiguous thought, approaching the
    distance, augments. Viewed against, the mind reshapes and here
    is refuge without its tent.

    All thatÕs resolved plots against her dividing self, binding her as
    if any intervening space is recess for

    her grave, an equivalence overlaying presence. Can I love now
    please?

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