The Feast of Reason

The Feast of Reason

Reason’s a vast,
imperfect, tool
dismantling souls
with deceptive precision

as easily as student anatomists
dissect their captured birds.
Quelling song with ether,
stopping the vivid yellow
throat with drugged cotton.

Reason pins the fledged
wings to the waxed tablet,
exposing the breasts,
the hidden heart,
so much mute flesh.

Logic dictates function,
reason cuts the form:
a firm, blind hand
records the parts

until all is accounted for,
everything visible
explained, rendered innocuous
and vaguely offensive
to the senses. The corpus

made fit for the trash
while the air
around the table
still vibrates, bright,
with the memory of song.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope was named by the Huffington Post as ‘one of the five Expat poets to watch in 2016’. Nicholas Lezard, writing for The Guardian, described her latest collection as 'poetry as salvation'.....'This harrowing collection drawn from a youth spent in an orphanage delights in language as a place of private escape.' Bethany has won many literary awards and published several collections of poetry. Her first novel, Masque, was published by Seren in 2016. Her second novel, Ordinary Lives: The Ballad of John and Mary, was published in 2018. Follow her on Twitter @BethanyWPope

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