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 events of the human brain

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In “Genome” the translated Greek passage is from Guy Davenport’s translation of Sappho’s fragment 24 in 7 Greeks. The Removes series draws on American captivity narratives, while not strictly limiting itself to that context or story line. It incorporates language from those accounts, including those by Elizabeth Hanson, Nehemiah How, Mary Rowlandson, and Hannah Swarnton. 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.

So much crushed beneath My awkward feet. Winter of all be mindful. Wild of wing. … The wind shifts and then steadies But with small breakages the eye can’t see. “I want to forget all I know, I am trying to learn what I do not know … the colors that bewilder …” O what can words, or what can thoughts… Almost all of Smart’s letters were burned; Only a handful of business correspondence survives, mainly asking for money. ” … He thought about the letter “l,” the Hebrew letter Lamed, And saw God in this letter.

This austere and fierce machinery More distinctive than the smell of walnutleaf or camphor This severity, this faltering self-hewn and grievous. Today a shocking thing: a young man put out his eyes. Being medically trained, he must have known how to proceed, yet it was barbarously Done with a stick and some wire. The eyes were found among the nettles in the field. He won’t say what was the reason. We live in accumulations of the actual With so little understanding. Neither am I very strong now.

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