[the day shifts . . .]

By kari edwards 1954–2006 kari edwards
the day shifts, we talk to each other the way we talk to each other, the luster fades, our bodies fill with sap, there is a shift, joy reappears before another personal narrative burns to a heap of citations, continuing in complicated machinery, becoming blood knots in space, both the living and dead surround the present has been. I open my eyes in the full force of fear and hesitation, frozen in passing passageways with endless permutations, subjected to violence, stupidity, and love.

kari edwards, “[the day shifts . . .]” from Bharat jiva. Copyright © 2009 by kari edwards. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Bharat jiva (Litmus Press, 2009)

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Poet kari edwards 1954–2006

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Relationships, Social Commentaries

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Active as an artist and a gender activist, kari edwards is the author of post/(pink) (2000), a diary of lies (2002), a day in the life of p (2002), iduna (2003), obedience (2005), and the posthumous Bharat jiva (2009). She received a New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in literature in 2002 and the Small Press Traffic’s book of the year award in 2004.  
 
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SUBJECT Relationships, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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