Problems of Knowledge

Translation broadens language
as divorce and remarriage extend family.

Born to fade and break, facts
huddle inside black brackets.

Work means inquisition as a child
separates a cricket’s wings from thorax.

Ideas come apart as monads, metastasizing
rhapsody on the edge of delicate dusk.

Thunder sounds in the distance or television,
always on in this constant rain.

Joshua Edwards, “Problems of Knowledge” from Imperial Nostalgias. Copyright © 2012 by Joshua Edwards. Reprinted by permission of Ugly Duckling Presse.
Source: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013
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