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Thank you stateless82!

For introducing me to Roethke!!!!! I am in complete and utter love with this stuff...

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
A lord of nature weeping to a tree,
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.

What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
I know the purity of pure despair,
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall,
That place among the rocks--is it a cave,
Or winding path? The edge is what I have.

A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,
And in broad day the midnight come again!
A man goes far to find out what he is--
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.

Dark,dark my light, and darker my desire.
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.


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Oct. 24th, 2002 07:12 pm (UTC)
ohh, I've never read that one. It's wonderful.
Oct. 25th, 2002 05:53 am (UTC)
cool -- a new offering
Ooh, cool.

I've just mentioned Mark Strand, one of my favourite contemporary poets (not that I read a lot), to Stateless82, and now I'll mention him to you. :-)

His poem "The Story of Our Lives," about a relationship which is far from perfect (and might be failing), haunts me. This excerpt is my GAnya talisman for regrets, the difference between who they would want to be and who they are, but it works for Spuffy too:

If only there were a perfect moment in the book;
if only we could live in that moment,
we could begin the book again
as if we had not written it,
as if we were not in it.
But the dark approaches to any page are too numerous
And the escapes are too narrow.
We read through the day.

Oct. 25th, 2002 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: cool -- a new offering
Mmmm. Thanks, Lori. And you know what? Your mention of Mark Strand led me to Jorie Graham. Another wonderful find!

My poetry googling of late has led me to this gem of a site:


Lots and lots of wonderous moments lie in wait, I've only just begun to find what's there.
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