Tuesday 5 August 2014

2 Poems by Jonathan Doughty

Looking Toward Future Archaeologies

Paleontologists of morality --
Philosophers --
In fifty-five millennia
Will see us now as zoologists see now
Field beasts
Our systems of thought
State of nature
Unless Invisible Man
Decides finally to show up


Pious scruples beamed
To channels of sacred sets
Inattention won’t

Pulling out plugs won’t
Reset the cast narrower
Or break it in bits
You still penetrate its envelopment

Straining deeply, in silence,
Will detect quantum misgivings


Jonathan Doughty is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.  His work in historical studies and literary criticism has appeared in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and Asian American Literature:  Discourses and Pedagogies.  A selection of his poetry is forthcoming in the second volume of Contraposition.

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