from Robert Duncan's Ground Work: Before the War:
Dante Études Book One [excerpt]
WE WILL ENDEAVOR
. . .
but our own
"is that which we acquire without
any rule" for love of it
"imitating our nurses"
From the beginning, color
and light, my nurse; sounding waves
and air, my nurse; animal presences
my nurse; Night, my nurse .
out of hunger, instinctual
craving, thirst for "knowing",
toward oracular teats.