after elaine equi
Q: tell us about your experiences with the circle?
A: it all started in my mother’s womb
and gained momentum at her breasts.
every soul is a circle to enclose or straighten.
i spent seven summers with a drafting compass
teaching people the meaning of circumferences.
it’s all about the artisitic endeavor.
Q: and what is your opinion of the square?
A: i struggled with it for years.
it wasn’t until i looked closer at my sugar and salt
that i realized squares are better to taste.
i started licking everything—most often my knuckles—
just to get a better grip on the square.
Q: and the triangle?
A: last winter i had handfuls of them in all my pockets.
the triangle is really a difficult shape to live with
sit on, swallow—this one time i inhaled a handful,
another time i gave them to kissing couples on the street.
recently i’ve been setting them on my tongue
where they dissolve into three parts—into lines.
they have opened up for me a whole new artistic dimension.