[Realpoetik] KATE SCHAPIRA
realpoetik at scn9.scn.org
Sun Oct 2 09:18:25 PDT 2011
SAFETY FACT 4
*Railroad tracks, trestles, tunnels, bridges, yards and rail cars are
When I can’t see the family of a person
I can imagine they’re their own property.
I can go wandering over your bridges and trestles
your lonely but in-constant-action tracks and yards
and weeds and tags your body’s the entrance to.
A person can be owned but not own or
the train goes the other way toward
the opening point I linger near.
Bodies are mutually exclusive—this not that—relax—
that’s the way to love them mine including yours—
The tracks stretch night and pale day.
I feel like I’d be moving in the right direction
if I were behaving in the bravest way
my bravest self imagines:
magnetic explorer! Congress of crossings!
Friction is one way to generate heat
whether you want it or not
what’s the biggest gift
a train can give us?
I don’t think it’s safety
It might be electricity
It might be outside the soaked tradition chest.
*Kate Schapira* is the author of *TOWN* (Factory School, Heretical Texts,
2010), *The Bounty: Four Addresses *(forthcoming from Noemi Press before
year's end), and two more books forthcoming in 2012 from Stockport Flats and
Horseless Press, as well as chapbooks from Flying Guillotine, Horseless,
Rope-A-Dope and Cy Gist Presses, and Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She lives
in Providence, RI, where she co-curates the Publicly Complex Reading Series
and teaches writing to college students and 4th grade scientists.
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