[It was Jessica Grim the American poet...]

By Lisa Robertson b. 1961 Lisa Robertson
It was Jessica Grim the American poet
who first advised me to read Violette Leduc.
Lurid conditions are facts. This is no different
from the daily protests and cashbars.
I now unknowingly speed towards
which of all acts, words, conditions —
I am troubled that I do not know.
When I feel depressed in broad daylight
depressed by the disappearance of names, the pollen
smearing the windowsill, I picture
the bending pages of La Bâtarde
and I think of wind. The outspread world is
comparable to a large theatre
or to rending paper, and the noise it makes when it flaps
is riotous. Clothes swish through the air, rubbing
my ears. Promptly I am quenched. I’m talking
about a cheap paperback which fans and
slips to the floor with a shush. Skirt stretched
taut between new knees, head turned back, I
hold down a branch,

Lisa Robertson, "[It was Jessica Grim the American poet...]" from the weather. Copyright © 2001 by Lisa Robertson.  Reprinted by permission of New Star Books.

Source: the weather (New Star Books, 2001)

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 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, Nature, Weather, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Reading & Books

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