Skeletal kintiltitalic lunacylong illness of little differenceSeventy memoriesmaskssinging and pipingto be(half words)beginning and begettingstrangers nodding to one anotherstumbling and scrambling(uncertain theme)random formstrong arm of my nameEmblemsign strewn flapping(flapping of ravens in rain)What sequenceMothers hide harmlessweary for antiquitythe simpleEglantineSoldiers moving as toys in aworld soulWarObdurate as ocean he went forthconquering—and to conquerAnathemewho was my fatherEmpty dominions beyond structure—Susan Howe, from Defenestration of PragueArt Credit Zdzisław Beksiński, Untitled, 1956

Skeletal kin

tilt
italic lunacy

long illness of little difference

Seventy memories
masks

singing and piping
to be

(half words)
beginning and begetting

strangers nodding to one another

stumbling and scrambling

(uncertain theme)
random form

strong arm of my name

Emblem
sign strewn flapping

(flapping of ravens in rain)
What sequence

Mothers hide harmless

weary for antiquity
the simple

Eglantine
Soldiers moving as toys in a

world soul
War

Obdurate as ocean he went forth
conquering

—and to conquer
Anatheme

who was my father

Empty dominions beyond structure

Susan Howe, from Defenestration of Prague
Art Credit Zdzisław Beksiński, Untitled, 1956

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