15 November 2007 | Vol. 7, No. 3

from The Diaphragm Knows One Motion Only

The reality of your spine will not render response an anthem. The more one depicts, the greater lack is felt. We begin at the base and set out on a skyward tracking stroke. We lay line by impressing the corpus to corpus upon a plane in order to divine the shape of what's to come. And, bereft of bridging, we wonder in retrospect how our points could maintain a vertical posture: joint-resolution reigning under dispute.

About the author:

Jane Ashley is an MFA student at the University of Iowa where she is currently working on a collection of essays called "the book of concealed hearts." She is also a Writer-in-Residence at the UI Museum of Art. Her work is forthcoming from Ninth Letter and Gulf Coast.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Jane Ashley at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 7, No. 3, where "from The Diaphragm Knows One Motion Only" ran on November 15, 2007. List other work with these same labels: poetry, prose poem.

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