How Do You Welcome Your Wanderer?

This story is paired with Chapter 7 of Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free. 


Do you understand this feeling?

What may not be expected in a country of eternal light? Do I not deserve to accomplish some great purpose? What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?

Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness? Can you wonder that such thoughts transport?

How can you, who long for the love and sympathy of man, persevere? Has this mind perished? How can I describe my sensations? What infatuation is this? What freedom?

What is it that agitates you? What is it you fear? Are you mad? Whither does your senseless curiosity lead you? And what will be the state of your mind?
Did you not call this a glorious expedition? And wherefore was it glorious? Do you, then, really return?

A found poem created from questions that appear in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, in the order that they appear in the text


Jenni B BakerJenni B. Baker is the editor-in-chief of The Found Poetry Review. Her own poetry, both found and not, has been published in more than two dozen literary journals. In her current project, Erasing Infinite, she creates erasure poetry from Infinite Jest one page at a time.