Things I Carry Into the World

when I was small I thought my body held all the elements

Things I Carry Into the World

 
when I was small
I thought my body held
all the elements
 
my left instep knew
how to make snow
drop like pendulums
 
rain shaped like spoons
the volume of Niagara Falls
a heat so heavy
 
it’s in our blood you know
the power to grow
fibroids ossified fruit
 
to hold lightning inside
grow daughters among
shifting currents
 
like thunderclouds
I don’t stray far from earth-
ly things
 
I whet my teeth
on branches in the yard
wonder how planets are made
 
 
 
 

blue-hallelujahs

 

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In March/April of 2017, be on the lookout for four individual films by Pat and Jamil based on poems by the poets featured in this film: Esther Aloba, Nkosi Nkululeko, Makayla Posely, and Trace DePass. The four films are called: “Rule #1” (Aloba), “From the Inside” (Nkululeko), “Untitled” (Posely), and “band aids & other temporary healings” (DePass).


“Things I Carry Into The World,” a poem by Cynthia Manick. ©2013 Cynthia Manick. Used by permission. This poem originally appeared in PoetryMagazine.com. Collected in Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016).

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