Envoy

By Lisa Robertson b. 1961 Lisa Robertson
I have tried to say
that, although Love is not judgement
analysis too is a style
of affect
since the scale that rends me vulnerable
has cut, from abundance, doubt
(not that identity shunts
civic ratio or consequence) Sure —
I would prefer to respond to only
the established charms (and forget inconvenience)
but her hair was also a kind of honey
or instrument.
 
All that is beautiful, from which I choose
even artifice, which I hold above nature
won’t salve these stuttered accoutrements

Lisa Robertson, "Envoy" from Debbie: An Epic. Copyright © 1997 by Lisa Robertson.  Reprinted by permission of New Star Books.

Source: Debbie: An Epic (New Star Books, 1997)

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Poet Lisa Robertson b. 1961

POET’S REGION Canada

Subjects Living, The Body, The Mind, Love, Desire, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

Poetic Terms Epic

 Lisa  Robertson

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Poet Lisa Robertson was born in Toronto in 1961. She lived for many years in Vancouver, where she studied at Simon Fraser University, ran an independent bookstore, and was a collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing, a writer-run center for writing, publishing, and scholarship. While in Vancouver, Robertson was also involved in Artspeak Gallery, an alternative gallery that connects the visual arts and writing; she is . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, The Mind, Love, Desire, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

POET’S REGION Canada

Poetic Terms Epic

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