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Albert Frank Moritz (1947-)

Uninvited Reader


              1She notes in the poem she’s reading where the disembodied
              2voice speaking encounters “an ugly old woman”
              3just momentarily, in part of a single line, in one
              4of the many long corridors and sharp turnings of the poem,
              5so that she’s quickly lost to view. That’s me, she thinks,
              6I’m an ugly old woman, I who sit here reading this poem
              7and its ugly old woman phrase and the poet, when he stumbled
              8over her splayed, swollen legs, registered her presence,
              9her inheritance, her baggage of limitations – ugly, old,
            10woman – but never knew, couldn’t, because who could
            11know, who can stop and know her... And this reader keeps
            12thinking, loving, understanding, trapped in her eye
            13following the voice on and on while somewhere back in the poem
            14in a blank passage an ugly old woman sits against a wall.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
This poem cannot be published anywhere without the written consent of Albert Frank Moritz or the Ekstasis Editions permissions department.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Conflicting Desire (Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 2000): 67. PS 8576 .074 C66 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/22


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