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We will not have a method for shaking off oppression until the day
when we have understood the causes of oppression as clearly as we
conceive the conditions of the equilibrium of a stone.
                                                      —Simone Weil

of a stone.
defined as lifting
         dead weight.
One stone
rolling along the grassy
               bank into
the earth.

A small poison
         in your ear where you
then into
grass thou hence did glide.

What does it mean
         to labor? There is no
consummation of theory
         and experience
when you're not to own land or
set up: dead weight and
knocked down as so many old
         stones in a graveyard.

Kevin Ducey


Issue 74

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