Sonia's Poem of the Week #41
Poems can be sneaky. Poems can also look you straight in the face and tell you how it is. 
Both are poses taken by the writer to communicate meaning. This week's poem describes two ideas and brings them together. On the surface, simple. The art rests in how closely this poem cleaves to plain. How it leads you, so naturally, from one thought to the next, until the two fall together as though by work of gravity. 

Read the poem out loud and listen for the way consonant sounds repeat, pick up and carry through the poem, creating a sense of gathering speed. (The name for this literary device is consonance: repeating consonant sounds). Observe the link between the unwieldiness of the new born horse and the lover overburdened with coffee and a bag. Observe the various inversions put into play by Limón. One horse to two horses and two people into the unified "what was between us." "We broke into laughter" but then "what was between / us wasn't a fragile thing." These tensions knit the poem together as the poem itself knits the images.

What I Didn’t Know Before
By Ada Limón

was how horses simply give birth to other
horses. Not a baby by any means, not
a creature of liminal spaces, but a four-legged
beast hellbent on walking, scrambling after
the mother. A horse gives way to another
horse and then suddenly there are two horses,
just like that. That’s how I loved you. You, 
off the long train from Red Bank carrying
a coffee as big as your arm, a bag with two
computers swinging in it unwieldily at your
side. I remember we broke into laughter
when we saw each other. What was between
us wasn’t a fragile thing to be coddled, cooed
over. It came out fully formed, ready to run.

This poem was published in Issue 41 of Washington Square Review. Ada Limón is on Twitter. 

The Postscript: Some very random things you can do if your head is threatening to crack open (in ascending order of time commitment).

1. Be sorted into your Hogwarts house by this TikTok baddie.
2. Watch this very dramatic kitten win an Oscar for her role as—me reading the news. Also possibly adopt a kitten.
3. Listen to this amazing banger from Vin Diesel(!?). I guess he had some free time during quarantine. Also the album art is pretty wholesome. 
4. Lose 5 to 25 hours playing Chocolatier, a computer game from 2009 I used to procrastinate homework / stop myself from texting boys while in high school that is still available on the internet. You heartily embrace capitalism to make fancy custom chocolates in factories all over the world and become a candy CEO. NB: the reviews suggest you need to pay attention to your OS and make sure you choose the right compatibility settings. 
5. Binge watch this sometimes cringe-y, often addictive YouTube remake of Pride & Prejudice, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. There are 100 episodes, 3-10 minutes each.
6. Rewatch all of Sailor Moon. I cannot sufficiently emphasize the psychic wellness that washes over me when I rewatch the anime of my youth. Hulu has all the episodes, including Sailor Moon Crystal (a remake with more modern plot sensibilities and a new style of animation that takes some getting used to). Bonus that as an adult you realize Haruka and Michiru aren't "cousins." Also you can upgrade to subtitles instead of dub. Other fun anime adventures: Kill La Kill (Netflix), Avatar the Last Airbender & the Legend of Korra (Netflix), Ouran High School Host Club (Netflix).

In conclusion, send me what you're doing to keep your noggin in one piece. Send me your strangest recommendations and least likely internet holes. I'm looking for ways to forget I'm a person. (Okay this one won't take very long, it just needed to come last). 

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