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  1. By Gicheun Kim Lorna Crozier

  2. Lorna Crozier’s Life • Lorna Crozier was born in 1948 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. • Crozier taught English in high school • Crozier published 15 books of poetry • She was the writer-in-residence at many universities. • Currently she lives near Victoria, where she teaches writing in an university.

  3. What the Snake Brings to the World Without the snake there'd be no letter S. No forked tongue and toil, no pain and sin. No wonder the snake's without shoulders. What could bear such a weight! The snake's responsible for everything that slides and hisses, that moves without feet or legs. The wind, for example. The sea in its long sweeps to shore and out again. The snake has done some good, then. Even sin to the ordinary man brings its pleasures. And without the letter S traced belly-wise outside the gates of Eden we'd have to live with the singular of everything: sparrow, leg, breath, mercy, Truth. Alliteration Allusion End Rhyme Hyperbole Internal Rhyme Alliteration End Rhyme Allusion End Rhyme

  4. Discussion • What is the overall paradox of the poem? • Why does the writer think that people do not have to live in a world of singular? • What is the theme of the poem?

  5. Fear of Snakes The snake can separate itself from its shadow, move on ribbons of light, taste the air, the morning and the evening, the darkness at the heart of things. I remember when my fear of snakes left for good, it fell behind me like an old skin. In Swift Current the boys found a huge snake and chased me down the alleys, Larry Moen carrying it like a green torch, the others yelling, Drop it down her back, my terror of it sliding in the runnell of my spine (Larry, the one who touched the inside of my legs on the swing, an older boy we knew we shouldn't get close to with our little dresses, our soft skin), my brother saying Let her go, and I crouched behind the caraganas, watched Larry nail the snake to a telephone pole. It twisted on twin points of light, unable to crawl out of its pain, its mouth opening, the red tongue tasting its own terror, I loved it then, that snake. The boys standing there with their stupid hands dangling from their wrists, the beautiful green mouth opening, a terrible dark O no one could hear.

  6. What Comes After I am my own big dog. Walk, and I'm at the door, eat, and I take what I offer, lie down, and I curl on the floor, my heavy head between my paws. I don't need anything but this, I don't think of what comes after. I sing the way a dog sings, I weep the way a dog weeps. Every night at my feet I am a big sack of sleep stinking of me.

  7. In Moonlight Something moves just beyond the mind's clumsy fingers. It has to do with seeds. The earth's insomnia. The garden going on without us needing no one to watch it not even the moon.

  8. In a Cell Something moves just inside the nucleus’ tough nuclear envelope. It has to do with chromosomes The cell’s insomnia the cell division happening without us needing no one to replicate it not even the scientists.

  9. Work Cited • •