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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V

From A Walking History of Wladyslaw’s Body in Parts

step one: llium

          hip bones stretch to opposite poles      hold
          granite - stone quarries
          skin cradle mouthing stone
          monuments for Berlin
          cracks in marrow

step two: navel

          the black longitude to a relic of womb
          the black mud path arching over the cave
          the black ink: on a nation’s tongue
          the black belt
          the days by leather holes
          opaque atmospheres
          of the dark

2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society