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Lips say heart

loves mind

who nose knows

just lusts

after hair

who ears

hear from eyes

cares only

for warm

summer breezes.


Embodied is a poem about the physicality of love and infatuation as well as the pleasures of sound and speech. When reading the poem out loud, notice the sensual flick of the tongue when pronouncing the words “lips,” “love,” “lust” and how the mouth almost forms kisses with “nose knows” and “only.” Also notice how you almost need to catch your breath in a few places. The artwork for the poem includes strips of skin-colored light weight vellum; it’s gentle arches shift with the movement of air.

EmbodiedBarbara Campbell
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