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Eight Poems by Carla Carlson

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by Carla Carlson

You have to wish me a happy birthday,

Claire says after her analyst says

“look what Duchamp has done

with his individuation process!”

EXCERPTS FROM AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF ERIKA BURKART 

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translated by Andrea Scrima

Every person is his secret. If you take this away from him, his integrity is ruined. Human beings cannot live without secrets. These manifest early in the secretiveness of a child who guards his hidden “treasures,” who has his secret language and secret writing, who communicates in signs and drawings.

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