It seems clear that I inherit my father's life - therefore the
lives of all ancestors It can be said that I am my
ancestors but not that I was my ancestors Or will
be my descendents The product of a process: I
WAS not until I was created by that process
George Oppen, from Daybook V, in Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers, ed. Stephen Cope, which will be published by the University of California Press in January.