Dark Sky Question

Dark Sky Question

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As Brenda Hillman notes in her Introduction, Larissa Szporluk "creates an animate new universe out of cryptic original speech" in these poems. Exploring how the mind orders experience—and how disorder, or different orders, affect that experience—Szporluk has produced a poetry of alien beauty, limning worlds where the inability to exert control results in a disturbing, overwhelming immediacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807068458
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Barnard New Women Poets Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

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Under the Bridge

You never know when somebody will
stick a little knife
in your heart and walk away --
and the handle that smells of his hand
vibrates by your breast
as he ducks through the trees

and minutes later blows like a shirt pin
across the frozen lake.
And you're all wet, and he's in love

with what he's done.
And because of the cut,
the distance of your life pours out,

and because of the clouds
like fat that surrounds you,
you don't hear

for a long time
the tom-tom beating
in the sky, letting shadows

too heavy to be birds,
and yelling with a message
to forgive him

like the others did their father
under that bridge there
where ropes still linger

in remembrance of their necks,
where a flute in its case lies cold --
forgive him. Say

his name. It was only
power that he had to have,
and look what the one thrust gave him.

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