Wesley Rothman

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Wesley Rothman
Cerebra    Each day I toss them    slip them  Questions    why does the language  Tear    not nibble    each day    how does it thrash  What    what must you feed it as offering  What does it take without permission  How might this robbery    tear not nibble    be blessing  Can this    seeking blessing    still yield  Blessing    what must you feed it    how have you been trained  To wild this weapon    wield your wildness    these lethal wiles  Did you notice     did your sculptors  Sense their tearing down    their paring    seek your blessing  Could they have gone a life without  Planting the lash    why does the language tear    how  Was it scrawled in scar across their bodies    your body  By whom    by them    & who pummeled & planted it  In the wounds of those unknowns    those generations before      How many letters can the body sculpt    scrawl on other bodies    how many  Words worth    even whole sentences  What about punctuation    what does it take    does a fist  Leave a period or knuckled ellipses    a tongue  Slide exclamations or knotted ellipses    what must you feed it  Is there ink in the body    how will  You spell your will    whole sentences    with the body  With its vast sounds    its stuttering  Questions    what about punctuation    the hesitant lilt    you laying  Your body’s day in its cupboard
Wesley Rothman’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Harvard Review, Mississippi Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, Waxwing, and the Poets on Growth Anthology, among other venues. His criticism has been featured by Callaloo, Boston Review, American Microreviews and Interviews, and Rain Taxi Review of Books. He has served Copper Canyon Press, Ploughshares, Narrative, Salamander, and Tupelo Quarterly, and teaches writing and cultural literatures throughout Boston. Recent honors include Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, and finalist standing for the Emory Poetry Fellowship and 49th Parallel Poetry Prize. His first full manuscript, SUBWOOFER, was a finalist for the Crab Orchard Poetry Series Open and First Book Competitions. Find more: wesleyrothman.wordpress.com

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