a trek through bush
arriving at the party breathless
climb onto the verandah
one each side of the open door
with the music
pumping from the lit living room
down the empty hall
then who should step up?
out of the dark
as if with this starry fingering
the sinews of the self
©Janet Charman 2017 (March 19th)
‘door tender’ is one of the etymological origins of clitoris.
That said this poem is set at a borderspace of self-fragilization, so the door is open.
Janet Charman’s essay ‘A piece of why’ appears in the current issue of The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook (Jack Ross Ed., 2017, PNZ, Massey University Press). In it some of the patriarchal implications of Allen Curnow’s three post-war Caxton and Penguin poetry anthologies are discussed. Drawing in this, on the Matrixial theories of Bracha Ettinger, in terms of the affects and effects of transmissive trauma.