Adrienne Rich





Tactile Value

from crush and splinter
death in the market

jeering robotic
dry-ice disrupt

to conjure this:
perishing
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