• Wild Thought

    J. P. Grasser

    Fall 2018

    Animals are good to think with.

    —Claude Lévi-Strauss

    I want to regress to the old way of thought,
    not a mode, but a graveled road, a path out

    of reason. I want to invest in a vestigial tail
    that wraps my fat ankle like the very manacle

    of leaving. I want to maul the idea of progress,
    claw it to ribbons and leave it

    on your back step—I love you that much.
    Don’t you see? My rainbow trout cascade

    like your dementia; my grasshoppers flit
    through acres and acres

    of shedding skin. Like my pheasants in fall,
    grief flushes, and you, restive in sleep,

    chew your own tongue. Don’t you see?
    I want to gallop backward onto the stage

    of evolution, scamper up its curtains, look down
    unafraid, then plunge after anything

    that gleams. I want to unfold the folds
    in my brain until my eyes reflect light

    and darkness (what you left) seems not unnamable,
    but unnamed to begin with.

    J. P. Grasser is a current Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah, where he serves as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West.

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