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List, Pre-Word, Pre-Poem

July 12, 2012

by Claire Crowther

we have a narrative about the future
medium
portent
foreboding
presentiment
harbinger
herald
precursor
envision
it will be black and white

it will be like madness to us
clairvoyance
I ching
chromancy
sortilege
sciomancy
haruspication
it will emerge from a darkened room

it will need us to hold hands
oneiromancy
bibliomancy
pyromancy
auspice
ornithoscopy
the light we see it by is no stronger than a candle flame

we feel weak in the future and strong in the present
divination
augury
soothsaying
scrying
we depend too much on that narrative


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Claire Crowther has published two collections from Shearsman. The first, Stretch of Closures, was short-listed for the Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prize. Claire’s poetry and reviews can be found currently in Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Poetry London.

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  1. January 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    “List, Pre-Word, Pre-Poem qarrtsiluni” seriously enables me contemplate a little bit more.
    I really loved every particular portion of it. Thanks for
    your effort ,Nan

  2. Barbara LaMorticella
    May 2, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Wow! A wonderful poem… provocative, compelling– and that last line…

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