Varieties of Religious Experience

A poem by Rose Kemp

I came to cool Camus
I saw those jaundiced jaws
I conquered and rationally got snockered

Kierkegaard and Augustine rear their Catholic heads at me
Preaching their Gatsbian conditions to rationally feel contrition
Their indulgences impaling my Corinthian soul no longer

Plato and Plotinus divulge
Their secrets of Demiurge and One
Their sun and silence make me stronger

Gnostics no longer have anything to say to me
Kabbalists and Sufis abhor the delirious theia mania
Theresa of Avila’s ecstasy now a board sheep

Nothing important left to learn
Nothing important left to lose
Delusions, confusions, ennui?

Rose Knapp is a poet, novelist, short story writer, multimedia artist, and music producer. She has an experimental novel forthcoming and various poetry publications in Commonline Journal, Blue Lake Review, Poetry Pacific Magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, Shot Glass Journal, Chicago Literati, and many others. She currently divides her time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis.

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