AlvernoINK Spring / Fall 2017 - Page 107

What to Do in the Face of Trauma?

fiction

dreams

poetry

activation of desire

activation of anxiety

repeat

the

overwhelming Incident

with variegated plots

and when you

wake

the Incident will

still be there

like a coiled snake

unchanged

watching you unchanged

[Thanks to Freud, David Lynch and Haruki Murakami]

But

These words

This poem

This WITNESS,

this “retranscription”

Opens up

A new space,

A new relationship to

The snake or

The Incident,

Less viper,

And more

Sinuous

Tentacles

Floating in the air

[Thanks to Lacan, Cathy Caruth, A. Modell, Paul Celan, and, of course, my dear friend Marcel!]

Jon Little

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