Miscellany 2013


Life goes along

With map pre-measured.

Map in fact,


I have to think about myself.

I have to think about who-am-I;

To do some more than think:

To feel, locate

The place, the dot

I make assumptions:

That I’m real,

That I can feel I’m real,

That in the first place,

There’s an I,

And that the I’s behind my face,

And not my face,

And not my hands

And not my feet,

And not the bits inside my body.

That the I is something I can know,

And someone I must value

Because I can never leave it.

It’s unproved but it’s a starting point:

I am me forever.

Miscellany, 5.8.2010

Revelations Big & Small; To The Child Mystic; revised 7.6.2013

Arlene Corwin

The Treasure Under 2013

The Treasure Under


Her journal says:

“The trouble is, the kernel is,

I cannot stop!”

There may not be an Arlene there,


An onion

With no core


One who picks up, picks out phrases,

Ideas that were never



Not perturbed.

The phrases and ideas

A springboard,

That’s what’s precious:

That the treasure.


The Treasure Under 1.5.2013

Pure Nakedness; The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative II;

Arlene Corwin



I Feel Like A Stranger 2012

I Feel Like A Stranger


I feel like a stranger

Every time I have to say my name,

Or even write



That signature: Arlene,

Arlene Faith Nover,

Arlene Corwin,

Arlene Palmer,

Arlene Council.

Who? I’ve penciled

Each and every combination

In one

Phase or t’other.

What is in an appellation?

That’s the question.


Come to think,

I feel like

A stranger

Every time I see that mirror

And I’m in it.

Minaret or minuet,

Self-portrait or the spirit

Of the me I am.  Accoutrements!


Extra, yet so ordinary;

Change from year to week to day:

Too fiddly to approach,

Too tricky

To identify.


Do I dislike it, like it?

I feel nothing but surprise

And I suspect

That you all do



I Feel Like A Stranger 7.17.2012

Pure Nakedness; I Is Always You Is We:

Arlene Corwin



I Am, Comma Or Not 1960

I Am (Comma Or Not)

I am(,)
(Comma or not)
I am
That, the what
For which there is
No more.
I am will,
The h in trust.
I don’t have to justify
Or satisfy;
For I am just.
Moreover, I am Sat.

©I Am (Comma Or Not) 60.11.31
To The Child Mystic;
Arlene Corwin

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