Against the Dying Life & Living Death

 

how less

focuses on lack

            fate

            sickness

elect or reprobate

unsure of

moves

between ever-present anxieties

            devotions

state

between concerns

alternating

            watchfulness

            tempered

 

 

empirical

            certainties

spiritualise

a lens

                        sure

diversities of style

gain

            decrepitude

the meditations of

swallowing repetition

a calf-bound god

            the scientific

revolution of

modern trajectories

 

 

locked

            distinction

an “act of god”

“by faith alone”

a requisition in agreement

according to

sanctification of

orders

            a bell

elects the dis-

orderly

                        queuing

to discern

in the pantheon of certainty

 

 

to “know your selves”

uncovers things uncertain

& desirous of

            self-surveillance

on the occasion of

a condition of things

a “middle way”

of helplessness & near hopelessness

            O my black soul

art in blood

red with blushing

who shall give thee grace

to begin between

split

 

 

anxiety

allows a bloom

a forest in a quiet retreat

the pronunciation

of effort

            to extend

self-made observation

“experimental”

            & all locked up

the means to narrower

examination in

personal election

            stamping through

scrutiny

 

 

            the casual

calls

the discipline of

care

squats the efficiency of tables

leading

            to endeavour

the typewriter

the feather

            the likening of agency to

the centre

occurs to the side

to “find” to “use” to “apply”

relinquishes control

 

 

stars do not love

immeasurability

            to mediate exploration

of cognitive effects

turns territory

to terror

whether

phenomena creates a vacuum

the lungs

lug

the status of fact

 

 

 

 

 

[Linda Kemp's poetry publications include Stitch (Contraband Books, 2020) and Lease Prise Redux (Materials, 2016).]

 

 


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