Seduction Poem

Seduction Poem

I want the slew of muscle, a less
cerebral meeting place: no word
but your male shout, the shirred
unpublic face and honest skin
crying to me, yes,
the mouthless, eyeless tenderness
crying to be let in.

Unbutton all your weight, like a bird
flying the night's starred nakedness:
put down your grammatical tongue, undress
your correct and social skin:
come white and absurd
all your language one word
crying to be let in.


from The Common Flesh: Poems 1980-2002 (Arc Publications, 2003), copyright © Alison Croggon 2003, used by permission of the author.

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Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon Reading from her poems

1from Domestic Art (1990)

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2from Howl: 2,3

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3Seduction Poem

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4Emily Bronte

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5Billie Holiday

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6The Edgeless Page

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7Songs of a Quiet Woman

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10The Elwood Organic Fruit and Vegetable Shop

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8Notes

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9Two Sonnets

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11Angels

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12Bird

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13from Divinations

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14Cuneiforms

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15Afterwards

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16A Unicorn

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17Chekhov in Sakhalin

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18Leaves

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19Amplitudes

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