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PUPIL FLOAT

I've read that we blink our eyes not,
as was first assumed,
to keep our pupil float half in the world
half below a thin layer of water
but because the brief, black frames
allow our brains to rest, the way commas
floating on the page, in the middle of a sentence,
insert a moment of darkness
giving the reader time
to convert what came before into images

so are we doing nothing other with our eyes
than blinking together a streaming reality?


original: pupildobber

FROM: VELDWERK, 2020 (QUERIDO, AMSTERDAM)

TRANSLATED BY ROSALIND BUCK

FOR POETRY INTERNATIONAL 2021#

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