Modern scientists … also have analyzed what happens in the brain when people suddenly become aware of an object that was hidden in plain sight. —Benedict Carey
For some, awareness amounts to
banning a same-sex rendezvous
in mosh pit or on carousel.
That is, there is no Awareness.
Not for Chanel No. what-have-you.
Not for fracking or mean-girl-ing.
(Maybe for jilting.)
Even for the blue whale
the scant Awareness is mainly green.
As well, in the corner of a continent—
obstetric fistula, symptomatic of what
someone has referred to as holocaust.
Kimiko Hahn’s forthcoming collection, Brain Fever, continues where Toxic Flora left off: poems triggered by rarified fields of science. She teaches in the MFA Program of Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College/CUNY.
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