Sept/Oct 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 5 Poetry |

The Body Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

So much borders and extends the self Which feels micro compared to vistas of trees, mountains, oceans, wheat fields,   Cityscapes and your beloveds, those one-off lives   Carrying on beyond your skin even as they carry on   An oddly equal existence inside you— Apparently, inside is capacious enough to hold continents, histories and   Multitudes, at least for a limited time. By inside I mean consciousness of course, as opposed to the outer boundary   Where scars record events the body carries like a pack animal,   Except scars cannot be offloaded. And hey, some of the particles in you once belonged to Josephine Baker!   Some to Shakespeare! Some Hitler! and brain activity   Can be tracked by heat map even as you solve math problems.   But what that has to do with inside, or consciousness, they can't say   (The word self, however: instantly recognizable to any sentient human). These are my questions. That sensor that absorbs eighty years of co

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