Readings — From the September 2016 issue

Archeophonics

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By Peter Gizzi, from Archeophonics, which was published this month by Wesleyan University Press. Gizzi is the author of seven collections of poetry.

I’m just visiting this voice
I’m just visiting the molecular structures that say what I am saying
I am just visiting the world at this moment and it’s on fire
It’s always been on fire

I’m saying this and it’s saying me
That’s how it works, seesawlike
The archive in the mouth and the archive is on fire
That’s the story
The sun and the body and the body in the sun

It was like this just like this
The world that’s coming toward me
And the world around me
Around me are words saying this saying fire
Saying something or all of it

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