This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Vertigo’ by Anne Stevenson. “Mind and body are old sparring partners, and their apparent argument gets a sharp new twist in this cleverly titled, deftly rhymed parable by Anne Stevenson. Both are tempted by “the naked abyss”. To turn away from death towards life is one of the great acts of courage. Indecision causes vertigo. If only we could ask our bodies to choose, there’d be no dilemma – every cell is hard-wired to shout: “Life, please!”
Source: The Guardian: From Poems 1955-2005, Anne Stevenson (Bloodaxe, 2004). Her most recent collection is Astonishment.
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‘Vertigo’ by Anne Stevenson
“Mind led body
to the edge of the precipice.
They stared in desire
at the naked abyss.
If you love me, said mind,
take that step into silence.
If you love me, said body,
turn and exist”.
Source: Vertigo by Anne Steveson
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