LISA ROBERTSON lives in the Vienne region of France. Her most recent books of poetry are Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip, which was selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 best books of 2010, and R’s Boat, shortlisted for The Believer’s 2011 Poetry award. This essay is from Nilling, BookThug, 2012. Reprinted with permission. Go there. Buy books.