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The Free World

The Free World The Free World 3 Camille Rankine I bind my old grievances to a helium balloon. A long memory, I have been warned, is a curse. Everywhere I go, someone has something they must say about you. Nobody knows who we are. Wouldn’t you say, nobody agonizes like we do. Elsewhere is a promise and a threat. I have been proscribed compassion of the wrong sort, and so I am alone. I am invisible within you. Seeking companionship I spend my afternoons before the windows of pet shops and strangers, trying to decide. After all, I was told I could have everything. I thought this was meant to be a romance: I was delivered here in order to love you. I was delivered here and ordered to love you. If we could be friends. I wore this new dress for you. 118 1 The Baffler [no.21] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Baffler MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2012 Camille Rankine
ISSN
1059-9789
eISSN
2164-926X
DOI
10.1162/BFLR_a_00105
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Abstract

The Free World 3 Camille Rankine I bind my old grievances to a helium balloon. A long memory, I have been warned, is a curse. Everywhere I go, someone has something they must say about you. Nobody knows who we are. Wouldn’t you say, nobody agonizes like we do. Elsewhere is a promise and a threat. I have been proscribed compassion of the wrong sort, and so I am alone. I am invisible within you. Seeking companionship I spend my afternoons before the windows of pet shops and strangers, trying to decide. After all, I was told I could have everything. I thought this was meant to be a romance: I was delivered here in order to love you. I was delivered here and ordered to love you. If we could be friends. I wore this new dress for you. 118 1 The Baffler [no.21]

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The BafflerMIT Press

Published: Nov 1, 2012

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