Museworthy: The Law of Violent Hands

October 24, 2001


Museworthy: The Law of Violent Hands

a torture chamber in my hand
a history of attempts

the hand with a proper name
a form of private sovereignty

a hand coldly silver or dryly wood
hustler aligning the world with horror

the hand writing beside itself
a legacy of other truths

a hand disappearing inside myself
raising another bucket full of suffering

the linedrawing hand
betraying the god of the model

this hand trying to unlearn
in white in black in blank


MTC Cronin has had six books of poetry published, the most recent being Talking to Neruda's Questions and Bestseller (both Vagabond Press, 2001). Another collection, My Lover's Back, is forthcoming in 2002 (UQP). She is currently working on a PhD, Poetry and Law: Discourses of the Social Heart, and has recently received an Established Writers New Work Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Her books are available by contacting her at: <> or ph: (02) 9550 2918.

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