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Our text was an excerpt from “Meditations for a Savage Child” by Adrienne Rich from her collection Diving into the Wreck, posted below.
Our prompt for this session was: “Write about no longer knowing.”
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II. from “Meditations for a Savage Child” I keep thinking about the lesson of the human ear which stands for music, which stands for balance- or the cat’s ear which I can study better the whorls and ridges exposed It seems a hint dropped about the inside of a skull which I cannot see lobe, zone, that part of the brain which is pure survival The most primitive part I go back into at night pushing the leathern curtain with naked fingers then with naked body There every wound is registered as scar tissue A cave of scars! ancient, archaic wallpaper built up, layer on layer from the earliest, dream-white to yesterday’s a red-black scrawl a red mouth slowly closing Go back so far there is another language go back far enough the language is no longer personal these scars bear witness but whether to repair or to destruction I no longer know from Diving Into the Wreck (1971-1972) By Adrienne Rich