Sublimation,
by Janice Greenwood

One thing becomes another. For instance
a spiderweb and a mosquito turn
valences of water into a dance
of silk and spindle. These, in turn, spurn

the visual apparatus in order
to capture butterflies by accident,
exposing failures of vision. Failures?
Psychologists seek an antecedent

to thought. When the patient says, I am not
thinking about a red shoe
, a red shoe
appears anyway. Everything is not
a penis, but everything might be a shoe.

If the shoe fits the foot, then wear it thin.
Come love, crawl in; be the worm in my gin.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 2.

Janice Greenwood studied poetry at the University of Florida and at Columbia University, where I was a Benjamin T. Burns Fellow in poetry. Her poems have appeared in ARC Poetry Magazine, DIAGRAM, New England Review, Southeast Review, Western Humanities Review and elsewhere.

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