What Cixous has to say about jouissance makes sense
in the flash of skin, your legs when your toes scrape
the full moon, a whole ocean pulling at my tongue. But
outside of thighs I have nothing to say. Impossible
to concentrate on the reading. When you caress your pen
I feel your fingers on my thigh and when I moan finally,
it’s not because the presentation has moved me.
What do I know of Margaret Cavendish? That she did not
have the pleasure of your mouth on the inside of her elbow.
And I won’t disagree that women invented the novel since
poems may not be large enough to contain them. When
you raise your hand to move a curl from your mouth I cannot
contain my own.
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