Faculty Writing: Two Poems

In the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Fence are two poems by BISR faculty Anjuli Raza Kolb and Rebecca Ariel Porte. Kolb’s, entitled “Raat Ki Raani,” ponders double-edged freedom:

I’m free to think about
things like love
to hear the fast spring stream prancing
on her own grave and think
in Flint they have no
running water
and I’m a teacher who doesn’t teach there

Ariel Porte’s, sadly behind paywall, is titled “Pharmakon” (a drug that’s at once the poison and the cure) and includes, I can tell you, this arresting lyric:

Ontologists debate the loneliest whale,
whither whale, whether lonely,
& you in your corner with the murtherer’s pike, tipped in baleen,
shudder away from–hand, your hand, his hand, her hand, my hand? 

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