June 11, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Penn Kemp




On the Nature of Intelligence



Rewilding my senses to catch up

with yours beyond thought and

logic into the realm of scents.


A musky note on the dark side of

lunar new. Ears sharpened to tips.

Eyes accustomed to shifting dusk.


No extrasensory perception yours,

heightened to distinguish illusion

from moving shapes, from fright.


A fine intelligence tuned to what

is naturally. Honed to acute slips

in landscape. What weather calls


for: announcements clear as day to

you. Unfamiliar to my more muted

scrutiny, your acuity of bodymind.






Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is an activist Canadian poet, playwright and editor.  Her latest works are Local Heroes, and the forthcoming Fox Haunts. Recent books include Barbaric Cultural Practice and two anthologies edited, Women and Multimedia and Performing Women. See www.pennkemp.weebly.com.

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