“Body Politic” a Rumpus Original Poem by Rachel Loden

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Body Politic

History, like hair, grows out of the head.
The whole corpus is lousy

with histories, the long undulant stories
and the brutishly short. Each follicle

is a caesar, well-satisfied and complete.
Hair presides over history, is ridden

into history by the half-hatched nit.
Hair is her menu, and history her meat.

History, like hair, is a needle in the scalp,
in the map of the body, flying in and out.

-Rachel Loden

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