Author: Alice Notley
Publisher: Letter Machine Editions (2015)
the benediction of the poison. it seals you from making the mistake, as I said in the very beginning– ‘im poison youre poison robert johnson is poison’– of living in the collective imagination both venal and decent, horrible. the poison is benedictive, and I am. I bless
but only if you want that anyone can bless anyone I bless anyone.
More than twenty years in the writing, Benediction is Alice Notley's single long poem of mourning, desire, loss, and vitality.