two souls while blogging by Donna Fleischer – Realities & the Rituals of the Upside Down, A) Glimpse) Of) Press


two souls while blogging

“we can!” she writes to this other hemisphere where I am who — immediately distracted by that insurgence —
lets the coffee grow cold, drinks it anyway and feels warmth

blood pressures rise with apprehension of silence of pure wanting, wanting to be swallowed by that gorgeous everchanging ocean being,

don’t cry I cry to myself. think of Jabès, the moon,
how you dare to fall to love with her different continent without the popular nihilism of Wim Wenders, no; her Paul Celan.

Eight years blogging, painful and beautiful, the slopping of rheumatic waves on the pond when floating in despair
try to swim into the dark water, light one more match

#Occupy Wall Street erupts, I write / the lit match
/ sputters in dark water / long enough to / hear stone move / /

learn to swim-to-swim-through-to
what else is there? 2015, 2016, almost give up, a few times.
old age gravity-caves; 2017 what was it but a year? the new year, just begun,

2018. how many lights burn with uncharacteristically compiled manuscripts
a final push for immortality? Music. Every kind. tapping my foot, chairdancing.

she writes her voice through to me, when I surface the air is new. 2010 sent out my
light to the world in. Today, backstroke. She comes to Claude’s grave in my heart
takes my hand I feel again. Will I swim again? Freeze up into Fleur Jaeggy’s fictive ice? Ingeborg Bachmann’s fire poetry? She writes the path we are to take with the world.

Only the sea can hold both. Only the sea knows what is up, what is down

shard of
free will

the selfless shore swept
for this love poiësis
a humanlike ecstasis

for Marina

– Donna Fleischer

from Realities & the Rituals of the Upside Down
A) Glimpse) Of) Press, 2019, Athens, Dimitra Ioannou, editor

  1. Sweetness and wonder in what you give, my dear sister. I see this sea lapping the land of two continents so far away and I have never felt you so close as in this moment. Thank you, thank you very much for this emotional “pangea”.

  2. just bought! 😘

  1. December 23rd, 2019

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