Nov/Dec 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 6 PoetryNovember 1, 2017 |

And Think Yourself Yourself

for Emily Dickinson   When a thirty-pound octopus squeezed through a two-inch spaceand stayed hidden in a tiny crevice behind her tank, Seattle Aquarium officials named her "Emily Dickinson" because of her unusually withdrawn and enigmatic nature. They eventually released her backinto the Puget Sound, considering her "unsuitable for public display"     The octopus that slides     his inky fingers among the reefs     can use you. You belong to him     and don't know it. You are him, and think yourself yourself.       — Charles Wright, in a version of Eugenio Montale Camouflage-throb, in brain coral: She absorbs, triple-hearted,its grooved lobes, channels, figure-eights. Dissembles, recorporeates; slithers between Not-Me and Me: That person that I was—And this / One—do not feel the same—remorphs herself into loops of cortex. Where does octopus have its end, coral its, mind its? You are her. She spirals among c

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