HOW WORD IS PASSED
I wake to prime numbers written in blue ink on my forearms.
"How Word is Passed" began as part of collaboration with the artist Jitesh Malik who often works with light. The poem was my attempt to smash (smush?) issues of family identity (mine) together with family history (as construct). Both are myths that men in particular are invested in. My former family name Morganstern (Morningstar), an identifiably Jewish name, was changed before I was born to Morgan (unidentifiable as Jewish) for reasons that still cause friction among some of my relatives. One family member once jokingly claimed that our name Morgan was Welsh. Not funny Anyway, some people want the issue "dropped" and some don't. I don't. (When I was nineteen I tattooed the star on my right shoulder.) For me, light images are the stable that allow unstable elements in the poem to work.