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Mobile Art Saturday Poetry – Untethered by Allison Joseph

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This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Untethered’ by Allison Joseph. She explains what this poem is about ‘Untethered is both a personal and a communal poem. I am recently widowed, so am feeling highly untethered from my previous married life. But the poem is also concerned with the isolation were all feeling because of the COVID-19 situation. The struggle is way too real and way too much’. Allison Joseph is the author ofConfessions of a Barefaced Woman(Red Hen Press, 2018). She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

I have matched artwork by @lollykakumani with this poem untitled.

You can view her Instagram feed here.

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via Poets.org

Untethered by Allison Joseph

what anger in defiance

what sympathy in doubt

emotions steady try us

demanding every shout

what sympathy in doubt

what pleasure in our pain

demanding are our shouts

such hazardous terrain

what pleasure in our pain

mere thinness to our skin

such hazardous terrain

such unrelenting din

sheer thinness of our skin

the ruptures and the breaks

such unrelenting din

mistake after mistake

we rupture and we break

we stagger and we shine

mistake after mistake

inhabiting our minds

we stagger and we shine

we live our lives on spin

inhabiting our minds

and undermining limbs

we live our lives on spin

and thrive until we grieve

we undermine our limbs

then get the strength to leave

we thrive until we grieve

emotions steady try us

we get the strength. we leave.

what anger in defiance.

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