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Bernstein, K. (2013). The Futility of Self-Improvement. Psychoanal. Perspect., 10(1):193-194.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 10(1):193-194

The Futility of Self-Improvement

Kim Bernstein, PhD

Lord, lord, lord, lord, it's

snowing again. Swirling over St. George's

divine jar of ants and grasshopper alike

snug amid torrents

the scrapped flights, an unemployable

thickness about, and everywhere the hiss

of slickness under tires

the whole city sunk beneath its own

emerald weight. The opacity of the sky

today is an illusion we're perhaps not meant to see past

and yet there's no limit

to the limits we place on ourselves.

Though tomorrow could be endless

sun, these few pale breaths

bring incomprehensible revivals of smudge and snout.

Quick! What does the window say

until all recedes into transparency?

And what is it I'm saying to you out there

somewhere shouldering the wet?

That there is no dry place

for carrying on building what's between us

and what do you care

you are stained glass

you are not the material of a home

though you bear shelter and bend light

before my graceless beating heart.

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Bernstein, K. (2013). The Futility of Self-Improvement. Psychoanal. Persp., 10(1):193-194

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