A Poem You Should Most Definitely Read

Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out by Richard Siken.

Read this. Read it now. And then read it again, later, when it’s dark and you’re all alone in your room.


5 thoughts on “A Poem You Should Most Definitely Read

  1. Oh Natalie, thankyou for sharing this. I hadn’t written for a few days, then a friend asked online if I was ok and I said “I’m not sure”, and the words in my head started to push their way out, I wrote a poem, I read some of this poem, I got interrupted, I had to write, I changed the music and wrote another poem, then I read the rest of this poem and all I can think about is how I need to feel it again – that poem.
    Thankyou for feeding me this morning when I was hungry, I didn’t know it even though the skin was stretched over my bones. Now I want cake but the butter isn’t ready to make it.

    This poem we should most definitely read reminded me so much of your writing, I can maybe understand how it grabbed you. It grabbed me. Can I grab you until they all come back? Then I must go somewhere, I don’t know yet where we are going. But I will share my journey with you, if you will just smile to me, once.


    1. Peter, I’m glad this poem elicited in you the same feelings as it did in me. Sometimes (most times) the universe is much too big and scary – but once in a great, long while a piece of writing like this comes along and shrinks it into something manageable, even understandable.

      I’m honored you thought of my poems while reading this one. I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

      As for your question – yes, of course. I will sit here with you until they all come back.


  2. Wow…what a poem…made me want to write, made me want to write all through the night until I came up with something, anything that sounded 1/10 as beautiful as this. Thanks for sharing. Seriously….

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