“Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us.
These, our bodies, possessed by light.
Tell me we'll never get used to it.”
Motifs in Richard Siken's poetry:
-Using light to mark time passing
-Theatre and film
-Pet names (in direct address)
-Skin holding emotions in (distruction of self?)
-Alcohol, pills, cigarettes
-Food you can eat for breakfast
-Blood vs. mud
-Wearing Henry(his dead boyfriend)'s clothing
-Lakes, boats sailing
-Highways, gravel, driving
-Bullets lodged inside the body
Swallowed objects include:
“Sorry about the blood in your mouth. I wish it was mine...
I couldn't get the boy to kill me, but I wore his jacket for the longest time.”