I sent a comment to you, but it might have been gobbled up somewhere. So, here it goes again-

I understood immediately your reference to:
beyond the jump, that brief
moment of vertigo around
your midsection?

because I get that feeling when I hug someone taller that I am. I have to catch my breath for a second, and then sort of fall into the person. I like how you applied this feeling to a newspaper article.

My first thought about the poet you cite was, how clever of that guy! But he’s very brave, fighting a dictatorship. Poets and artists are the conscience of humanity.