"Experiment in Divination: Voice and Character" by Rebecca Wolff was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on August 7, 2013. A "querent" is someone who seeks an answer, usually one who seeks an answer from a seer, particularly a Tarot card reader. "Querer" has the same root. Querer means "to want" in Spanish as in "to desire" or "to need or require." Querer may be used to express a mundane desire as in, "I want a glass of water." It may also be used to express a burning desire as in, "I want you in my bed." Used in a question, querer may be used to ask such things as, "How do you want it?" and, "What do you want?" and "What do you desire?" Sometimes a poem contains a single word that delivers its entire message, or at least summarizes it. Ms. Wolff uses the word "querent" in her poem for this purpose, whether knowingly or not.
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