The Terrible Permanence of Objects, and: The Origin of Longing, and: How the Mind Works

The Terrible Permanence of Objects, and: The Origin of Longing, and: How the Mind Works Harriet Brown The Terrible Permanence of Objects A curse, a curse on the objects that remain ­ this necklace your wedding gift each pearl's face iridescent and closed from a day when you were still in the world shining, my heart, the string running through me. The Origin of Longing Her body's flush and swoon set long ago like grooves carved by an urgent needle 94 more brilliant than anything that followed ­ bone, tears, the soft, stuttering cry of a child's body ­ a shattering, sweet lightning that wrote its name on everything it touched, reducing it to scratched wax on a hopeless track, a broken record waiting for the prick of the needle, the pause, the staticky, thrilling start of the same old song. How the Mind Works Lapping and overlapping waves crash and slap and leave behind miles of trash and sand. Slipping on surfaces, watch for maps that lead somewhere else. What happens is always happening 95 and happened ­ endless rapprochement of past and present, stopgap, all covered over, uncovered so many times only the odd bits show: an apple core, a cardboard flap, a mystery package poking up, a hand. What's buried: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

The Terrible Permanence of Objects, and: The Origin of Longing, and: How the Mind Works

Prairie Schooner, Volume 80 (2) – May 31, 2006

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Harriet Brown The Terrible Permanence of Objects A curse, a curse on the objects that remain ­ this necklace your wedding gift each pearl's face iridescent and closed from a day when you were still in the world shining, my heart, the string running through me. The Origin of Longing Her body's flush and swoon set long ago like grooves carved by an urgent needle 94 more brilliant than anything that followed ­ bone, tears, the soft, stuttering cry of a child's body ­ a shattering, sweet lightning that wrote its name on everything it touched, reducing it to scratched wax on a hopeless track, a broken record waiting for the prick of the needle, the pause, the staticky, thrilling start of the same old song. How the Mind Works Lapping and overlapping waves crash and slap and leave behind miles of trash and sand. Slipping on surfaces, watch for maps that lead somewhere else. What happens is always happening 95 and happened ­ endless rapprochement of past and present, stopgap, all covered over, uncovered so many times only the odd bits show: an apple core, a cardboard flap, a mystery package poking up, a hand. What's buried:

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