“Body Politic” a Rumpus Original Poem by Rachel Loden


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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