I have been standing all my life in the direct path of a battery of signals

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Everyday Life

I’ve long admired Adrienne Rich and was really pleased to learn that there will be a reading of her work at MEOW next Wednesday the 11th at 7:30pm. I’ll be going to listen, but if I believed I could do it justice I would read Planetarium. The whole poem is glorious (go read it!) but its layout doesn’t replicate here well so I’ll only post the ending:

I have been standing all my life in the
direct path of a battery of signals
the most accurately transmitted most
untranslatable language in the universe
I am a galactic cloud so deep so invo-
luted that a light wave could take 15
years to travel through me And has
taken I am an instrument in the shape
of a woman trying to translate pulsations
into images for the relief of the body
and the reconstruction of the mind.

(from The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001)

Sigh.