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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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