The United States is a balloon
I barely grasp
made mainly from rubber
& air. It gets smaller
after celebrating. You say things
that are too simple, balloon.
You arrived w/ all your twins
& good times.
Fly away, tied thing.
Fly away, pet country.
I was soft & empty
when you found me,
I palmed your crown.
The ceiling couldn’t keep you
but I could.
A blind woman
turns to the man beside her.
How big is this plane?
He does his best.
I fear it less
when I am smaller
I mean the world.
Plus d’une. The future has already
happened, but “it may end later.”
Filling all space, then banished.
Physics has always been spooked.
A ghostly matter. The stage itself
a givenness. A container called space.
Hauntology. There is no conspiracy at
“work.” The past is not closed.
The past is not present. Every being
made killable. And not only human
ghosts. The ethical questions are
surely not about innocence.
A play that knows more than its author.
Or rather, the world is its memory.
There is no erasure finally. Time
can’t be fixed. To speak with ghosts, risk oneself.
Note: This is a found poem. The original text: Karen Barad’s “Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come.”
The world is becoming. Light
is a wave, we know that.
But a wave is also a disturbance,
a togetherness of place.
Interference & togetherness
Light might not only be
a wave but particulate:
one thing in one place
at one time.
The light & waves have
you know that.
Boundaries do not sit still.
Note: This is a found poem. The original texts, both by Karen Barad, include Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and “Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter.”
Emily Vizzo is a writer and educator whose work has appeared in FIELD, Blackbird, jubilat, North American Review, The Los Angeles Times, Next American City, and other publications. Her essay, "A Personal History of Dirt," was honored as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2013, and she was selected for inclusion within Best New Poets 2015. Poems have been in nominated for Best of the Net in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Her chapbook, GIANTESS, is forthcoming in 2018 from YesYes Books and her novel is represented by Frances Goldin Agency in New York. www.emilyvizzo.com