THE JUDGE-LIKE LEFT HEMISPHERE of the brain

is for the past, internal monologue,

for duality, rationality,

selfhood and separation. It is for

 

the future, for language, and stress, and for

the watching of telephone poles as they

divide the sky from itself. It is for

saying, I am, I am, I am, I am.

 

The right hemisphere of the brain is here,

it is present, it is the moment and

the moment, the collage of the current,

of unity and beauty and denial,

 

the right hemisphere is euphoria

and lala land, it is the energy

that makes a bed part of the room around

it, and the room around that, and the room

 

around that. It is the left hand struggling

to do its job, it is God when doubt is

the other side’s bet, it is when the wind

hurries across the fields as if it’s late…

 

 

 

 

courtrightNick Courtright is the author of Let There Be Light, out now from Gold Wake Press, and Punchline, a 2012 National Poetry Series finalist. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, AGNI, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review Online, among numerous others, and a chapbook, Elegy for the Builder’s Wife, is available from Blue Hour Press. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and sons, William and Samuel, in Austin, Texas, where he teaches at Concordia University. Feel free to find him at nickcourtright.com

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