Week 6 of Syntax Sundays: Laura Rojas

For Week 6 of our ongoing series, we are presenting a poem by The Continuist’s own Laura Rojas. The language of ‘this, here’ takes the reader through a swirl of emotion, yet has a certain directness that guides you through the rich lists and catalogues of imagery that run through the text with great voracity. A tension seems to arise in the poem’s rhythm, a contrast between the steady analysis of the first few lines and the chaotic ubiquity of time, colour and memory. Overall it is a stream of consciousness that captures moments and glimpses through the exhilarated mind.
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this, here

don’t you understand there’s nothing wrong with you?
don’t you understand there’s nothing wrong with you?
don’t you understand
you are the most
beautiful,
effervescent
being
i’ve seen in my life
i have in my life
the two hands I hold you with
the two hands i make art with
the ink and the cream coloured booklet
the crickets at night
in the backyard that bleeds a million small fires
i hear ambivalent voices, sad but in love
maybe they’re having growing pains
or something similar
i listen i hear
the window to the front porch
the key to the city
and the loudness of everything of everything
“caught in that loving
angry
riptide” (she said)
of tomorrow
of the bitter cold and
inbetweenness
of the room upstairs which gets orange tinted
with the fervidity of the morning
before, after,
during
a break in your sentence,
the pretty silence of sleep

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