Jeffery Donaldson's Fluke Print is a collection of imprints, opposites and offsets-poetry that reflects on and reimagines creativity, emotion and intellect. For, as Donaldson writes, 'Both ends of this dull pencil have their say / and go together.'
Both ends of this dull pencil have their sayand go together. For when I try
the tapered point, finding I am ledto write before I die its darker things, instead
catch my eye ascending to the nub?(the nodding jester's blunt "ah there's the rub!")
that daubs above the dismal lines belowa flourishing "I would not have it so."
Dyslexic, mute, it holds - that subtle curse -a mirror up to nothing, in reverse.
My aching slant, my least that can be said,is followed backwards by a nulling thread,
whose wavings-off, dismissive counter-sign,become facetious, affable, benign,
a clear, upending scrub, as though?the baserword that everything must go
were giddily extinguished in the air.What all I cannot say is written there.
Among our parsing, several moods
of selfhood, conjugated thus-
I am, you are, she is, word-chesswhere grapple our twinned solitudes,
where all our spoked divergent lines
of empathy come to quarrel-
we seek a marriage of true Minesin the first-person plural.
First person? Plural? We won't add up.
The pronoun buckles under weight.
Our one-for-two's an iffy trope,dichotomous and incomplete
unless made whole by that pure is,
the metaphoric predicate,
whose blithe between-where synapsescan couple kinds, make this a that.
Sooner said than done. Lying alike
conjoined, subjects that in part agree,
we give it the old college try,our both I's open, cheek to cheek,
and listen, knowing how, just when
you touch your inner, stranger half,
my me divides you from yourself,but seeks you there, again, again.
How else to conjugate, or dance
our pas de deux of Her and His,
to merge and part, on the off chance(however wrong) we is, we is.