“there are books that describe all this…”

From “The Burning of Paper Instead of Children,” Adrienne Rich (16 May 1929 – 27 March 2012):

What happens between us
has happened for centuries
we know it from literature

still it happens

sexual jealousy
outflung hand
beating bed

dryness of mouth
after panting

there are books that describe all this
and they are useless

As Ted Greenwald has it (“One Foot”):

one foot in the other world
the other foot in the other world

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