/ by Laura Kochman

Life I love in me I do

You

Luster of this world that fills me

I complete my own picture by knowing how to stay in the frame

Nature supplies the medium

Of which I am

The medium

Of which I am

The medium

Of which I am

The medium

- Ariana Reines

I just finished Mercury, finally, and now I'd like to read it over again. The last section makes me think about heredity/liquids/art/mediums/wombs in a way that affects my reading of the earlier sections. It strikes me how much the form of this book is like a family saga—in length and in the use of sections, but also in collecting all the small parts, working against wastefulness, family as a synonym for excess and overflow. I'd like to be as honest and unafraid of blood.