Anima XI

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In fifteen minutes, I can memorize a poem.
Saying the poem takes only a moment, and some breath.
To learn your features from every aspect
was a year’s hard work, filling a space the words could not.
I knew every nuance of your breath,
every line, indentation, and story, the roots
of every complex carved cuneiform in your complexion.
But to make of this knowledge a poem
takes exactly as long as memorization's’s
slow metamorphosis into a memory.
Morphine overcoming the sting of the needle.

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John T. Unger poet

I'm best known as an artist and designer. Relaxing makes me tense, so I tend to put in a lot of hours on diverse projects.

Before becoming a visual artist, I spent 15 years as a poet. I studied poetry at Interlochen Arts Academy, Naropa, Stone Circle and on the streets. I performed my work for years at Stone Circle, solo shows, poetry readings, and at Lollapalooza in 1996.

I still write poems, but only if I can make them fit the constraints ofTwitter.

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