Ammiel Alcalay and Fanny Howe

Posted in 2014-2015 Readings and Talks

Ammiel Alcalay headshot and Fanny Howe headshotFebruary 24, 2015

Seminar 5:30 PM | Lannan Center (New North 408)
Reading 8:00 PM | Copley Formal Lounge


— Ammiel Alcalay

1. in sleep the descent pales
against the hurt incurred
at the end of it. objects fall
away one by one: only
more marauders

2. let got the last defense:
although our bodies
linger in each other
let go the last defense —
in that dark let go the
speech, admit a new
vocabulary, renew such
ties the mind denies

3. the mind is plucked, raped
it rapes back–that is its
only order. objects demand
at least the space in which
they are. we admit each
other as only words allow
and follow fallen objects

4. in the fall we follow
and demand a hurt at the end of our descent–
the last defense let go
renews the mind and gnaws.
we watch the objects we make
each other follow some other
order and deny such ties
as we renewed: this is our
only order and in it our
bodies no longer linger

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— Fanny Howe

Where the great Titanic
rolled through the night and struck
what might have been the State of Liberty
carved in ice:
the whole golden-eyed hotel
sank in a blizzard
of swansdown and galleyed slaves–
the institution more ghastly
than the block of ice.

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