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Writer's Block

A blocky poem on being blocked

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Writer's Block
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It’s hard to pull the words

when they’re buried so far down

beneath layers of pain,

rust building on the wheels

spinning directionless

trying to keep you moving

keep you going

keep you on track

keep you on top

- keep you.


So you sleep with Isabel Allende

and Gail Honeyman

and Naomi Alderman –

you tuck the words

of the women

you want to be

deep in your sheets,

hoping they will

keep you going

keep you on track

- keep you.


But each thought

you don’t put to paper

sinks like a stone

deep into the well

of things forgotten,

and you reach the point

where every hurdle

is a lexical gap,

and you can’t

keep going –


You just

can’t.

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