Alfred Corn


Alfred Corn Poems

1. An Xmas Murder 4/7/2015
2. Having Words 6/10/2015
3. Seeing All The Vermeers 1/29/2015
4. The Bridge, Palm Sunday, 1973 6/26/2015

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Seeing All The Vermeers

Met Museum, 1965, the first
I'll see, his Young Woman Sleeping.
Stage right, bright-threaded carpet flung over the table
where a plate of apples, crumpled napkin
and drained wineglass abut the recapped pitcher.
Propped by one hand, her leaning drowse,
behind which, a door opens on the dream, dim, bare
but for a console and framed mirror—or a painting
too shadowed to make out. Next to it,
(certitude) one window, shuttered for the duration....

That dream also timed me out, a lull in the boomeranging
hubbub of the staggering city I'd just moved ...

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