tonight four memories

tonight four memories rose up to trot about in the way they’re accustomed: my piano crouches somewhere and has the ghost of a orchestra stuck in her teeth: old dresses and latticed lacework grip the floor with fingertips: parts of this corsetry remember being whales, but it is still difficult to extract baleen from my spine: they say she killed a man: the memories step closer to old partners but are soon ratcheted to the opposite walls: you want to glare at them: you want to talk as you always do: you soon remember anyway

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

3 responses to “tonight four memories

  • adeeyoyo

    I love this, Benjamin, but I can’t pretend to understand it well. The piano, the orchestra (I love ‘stuck in her teeth’), the dresses and lace with whalebone corsetry… the rest sounds like something really unpleasant that he is trying to avoid thinking of or remembering… Great writing!

  • Benjamin Norris

    Thankyou – I can’t pretend to understand it so well either (as with a lot of my poems). It just felt right at the time, and I am somewhat haunted by memories and guilt in some form or another lately. Not that most of my work is particularly personal. Your support is much appreciated, whether my meanings are clear or not.

  • unsungpoet

    Nice description…memories are like that, like time, not perfectly semetrical or linear, like a double-exposure…

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