Adrienne Rich

Tactile Value

from crush and splinter
death in the market

jeering robotic
dry-ice disrupt

to conjure this:
persistent script

scratched-up smeared
and torn

              let hair, nail cuttings
              nourish the vine and fig tree

              let man, woman
              eat, be sheltered


Marx the physician laid his ear
on the rhythmic heart

felt the belly
diagnosed the pain

did not precisely write
of lips roaming damp skin

hand plunged in hair   bed-laughter
mouth clasping mouth

              (what we light with this coalspark
                leaving instantly in us
                if it continue