“I know too much has been made of origins” is Dionne Brand’s “Too much has been made of origins” in A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging (Canada: Vintage Books, 2002).
When writing “as though the gases the solids / began or ended in you” I was thinking of Roque Dalton’s poem “Como Tú / Like You” (trans. Jack Hirschman).
“but you needn’t kill the maggots to save the festering dog” is a response to Maitreyabandhu’s poem “Asaṅga” in Yarn (UK: Bloodaxe, 2015).
I was often thinking of “Tai: A Yom Kippur Sermon” by Aurora Levins Morales (web, 2017) while writing this poem, particularly towards the end. The final line is Morales’s: “there is nothing to defend.”
Cover image: Pauline van Mourik Broekman; untitled; 1991; collage; 35.5cm x 27.5cm