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Passion in Ais Poetry Ai uses both sexes as speakers in her poems In Twenty-year Marriage there is a female speaker who is speaking to her husband through her body movements It is a man conveying thoughts to the mother of his dead child in Abortion Both poems are very moving and believable They present themselves as spoken by a particular character who has let the reader into their souls The wife of twenty years and the poor male speak with a blunt passion There is an intensity that makes them plausible as characters Ai creates speakers who invite a reader deep into their thoughts Both Twenty-Year Marriage and Abortion feature speakers who are strikingly real Kevin Everod Quashie writes of Ai She investigates and interrogates power relationships in social situations She is a consummate artist in her ability to represent the timbre and contour of so many different and unlikely voices 15 Ai can describe a certain feeling smell vision or sound so clearly that the reader can imagine what speaker of the poem is going through The fire and passion that people feel is visible in the voice of Ais poems The female speakers voice seems patient and giving in Twenty-Year Marriage After all of the years shes spent she still desires her husband in a sexual way Ai uses the voice of the woman so well it seems as if she is coming alive and speaking to the reader The attitude of the poem is that of desire Sexual desire belonging love and acceptance from her husband is what this woman craves This takes place in the truck which may be old perhaps as old as their marriage together She gives the truck human characteristics such as the fake leather thigh She also compares herself to the truck saying that she is the same size shape make as twenty years ago She has to compare herself
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