The Sword in the Stone

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Excerpt of "The Sword in the Stone"
by Louise Glück (2012)

My analyst looked up briefly.

Naturally I couldn't see him
but I had learned, in our years together,
to intuit these movements. As usual,
he refused to acknowledge
whether or not I was right. My ingenuity versus
his evasiveness: our little game.

was flourishing: it seemed to bring out in me
a sly vivaciousness I was
inclined to repress. My analyst's
indifference to my performances
was now immensely soothing. An intimacy

had grown between us
like a forest around a castle...


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