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Colloquy of the Carnal


The self—brain and body—
active in love and blood,
is the custodian of the First Cause.

Eager in early effort,
determined in trial and error,
persistent in inquiry,

it bears the Source
in its red meat

toward an indistinctly conceived Other
waiting, unbegotten,
at the appointed place.

They will meet once,
speechless,
in carnal understanding.


Thomas Kinsella

Love Joy Peace
Peppercanister Books, through Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland


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