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March 27, 2022


I really like how this poem jumps forward through subtle interruptions formed in the spaces between phrases. The poem's significant action, threaded with Popa's speaker's intriguing internal concerns, makes a reader want to look for more of her work. A real treat this morning. Thanks Terence for posting this poem.

totally agree with don...I want more

Don:  Thanks for the comment.

I know how she feels!

Intriguing comment on how others invade our privacy. I had this happen to me and my favorite cologne was confiscated because it went above the ounce allowance. Someone else smells sweeter!

This rings a few bells. A great poem - thanks for posting!

Ah, the photographs of the late Francesca Woodman. The heart aches. Pure poetry.

Thank you for posting.

The private and the personal are interwoven in this seething poem. The poet expected privacy, but it was violated throughout. Respect for the personal was repeatedly affirmed, but it too was violated. There was no word for what the searcher was doing.

I feel this one at every level including the very personal

Emily: Thanks for the comment. Woodman was so talented.

The public stripping at airport security counters, the handling of intimate objects, chocolates, bras, lace stirring the fire where it stirs, and the travesty, the power relation, the transgression and the daring of the official crossing the invisible line and trying to seek the favor of the passing beauty. Strong poem and a deft management of space as well, words like objects scattered in the bag of the page. Well done


Indran Amirthanayagam,
publisher Beltway Editions (

late to the party but yes yes yes! love this, the quiet relentlessness, agree with all the comments too.

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