Poems and Texts

Excerpt from PLATO’S CLOSET by Lawrence Giffin

Excerpt from Plato’s Closet:

Nothing ever really breaks down. The surfaceless glint off
anything keeps dying. I turned to look, but it was gone.
I put my hands together, but there was no sound.
I wanted to see myself between two mirrors
duplicated to infinity, but my head was always
in the way, and like you, I look with my head.

What kills you does not then die. what shuns you
affirms its undying devotion to you. were you left
indefinitely to persist, it would counterfeit an analog
that could not have been.

Lawrence Giffin

Lawrence Giffin is the author of several books of poetry, including Plato’s Closet, White Future, and Christian Name. His work has been anthologized in Against Expression and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. More can be found at www.lawrencegiffin.com. He lives in New York City.

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