within him or waiting for him to give birth to her. Aside from the speaker containing an inner duality of male/female, there are fascinating references to the exterior world in which the father becomes a kind of mother, as in the poem "November, Hiking with Aidan, Seven Months Old": "Stinging hands hold a bottle / I keep warm inside my shirt, / and you drink your mother's milk" (1113). This one image creates a triad of father, mother, and child that corresponds to an earlier image in the poem "Hiking Entrada, Aidan Not Yet Born," in which the three are described thus (the "you" now referring to the mother): "you're spooned in the crook / of my body, Aidan curled in yours" (1819). The search for the goddess (the Kundalini) who is sometimes a mother, other times a lover, but also a trickster leads to another meeting point: the crossroads where anticipation meets actual experience. This intersection creates disappointment and betrayal but also yields to discovery and acceptance. In the poem "I Said to the Beloved, Are You Real?" the speaker finally sees himself as "just a monkey child / clinging to your back / as you cast
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: May 10, 2014
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