Julia Bloch

That the General Will Is Indestructible

            This little treatise is part of a longer work … The rest no longer exists

                        — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, foreword to The Social Contract

as moan is clamped shut
as routine loses momentum

as she is gyrating
as assertion begins to feel ill

as Respondent stands naked
as Complainant Facetimes

as erratic voice recordings
as ultimately voice recordings
as in fact voice recordings

as consent expresses
agreement with these beliefs

to be well-spoken
to conclude the Panel
to agree there was absolutely
no physical retaliation
in bed together

right of appetite cannot bind
justice for instinct    a contract
must come from all
and apply to all