Tuesday, November 28th, 2017...9:21 amchoc


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the natural phenomenon by which all things with mass

mass. what is it
is it the size and energy behind the movement
what driving force would inspire him to
seek me

(mass is both a property of a physical body and 
a measure of its resistance to acceleration)

was it my lack thereof that to him i gravitated,
pulled into his orbit, unable to resist that acceleration

are brought towards one another. 
since energy and mass are equivalent, all forms of energy, 
including light, cause gravitation and are

what seems to have escaped me
(including light)

is it something that you took with you

under the influence of it.

it. gravity

the fundamental force that affects all things
what created stars, galaxies, universes
from gaseous matter.

all of creation, built around gravity (and its rules)

her gravity was overwhelming to the point in which mine didn’t seem to exist

is gravity infectious, like how a needle scratched against magnetic stone will come to attract departed from it

now i still feel it everywhere
pulling me down, not letting me wake up
the immeasurable gravity of the pit of my stomach
pulling everything down towards it
even my thoughts and feelings 

(energy and mass are equivalent)

is that why i can’t focus
did i take some of your gravity

i’ve been trying all this time to shed mass to try and get it to disappear
inbecoming smaller and smaller and smallerandsmaller and

. or do you still exist at the .lowest bottom of my heart

all forms of energy, including light, cause 
gravitation and are under the influence of it.
 (including light)

light is bent through gravity
everything i saw
everything you saw

through gravity.
Gravity has an infinite range, although its effects 
become increasingly weaker on farther objects


that’s how long your force acted on me
i’m sent drifting farther and farther away and farther and


(and did i have an effect on you)
(like how a needle pulled down by the earth is also—)

pulling the earth up a little

[Question for Solmaz Shariff: Are there times when you see what you’ve tried to do with your book and feel that you yourself have forgotten to Look?]


  • I love how you played with the different font styles for this poem- the different styles added to the different voices and added to the beautiful chaotic flow of the poem.

  •   Professor Seiler
    November 29th, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Cho–wow, the college effect of this poem seems to mimic the gravitational force(s) it describes. Thank you for sharing this open-hearted piece with us–and for its quietly brave concluding lines too.

    For Sharif: can you think of an even more specific–and Cho!–question for her, perhaps one that reflects your interest in her typographic play?

  • Wow this is an amazing poem. I didn’t even have to read it to see the stylistic likeness to Sharif’s poems. The visual effects support or emphasize the meanings perfectly by showing the heaviness or importance of some words. I like that you play with not only bold and italicized words, but also the unique use of font and parenthesis, which adds another level of “gravity” to the poem. Really powerful.

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