We were supposed to do a job in Italy
and, full of our feeling for
ourselves (our sense of being
Poets from America) we went
The literate are ill-prepared for this
snap in the line of life:
the day turns a trick
of twisted tongues and is
There, a little right
of Ursus Major, is
the Milky Way:
a man can point it out,
Too volatile, am I?too voluble?too much a word-person?
I blame the soup:I'm a primordially
He came at night to each of us asleep
And trained us in the virtues we most lacked.
Me he admonished to return his stare
Correctly, without fear.Unless I could,
The gh comes from rough, the o from women's,
and the ti from unmentionables--presto:
there's the perfect English instance of
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.
Calm comes from burning.
Tall comes from fast.
Smilers, smirkers, chucklers, grinners,
platitudinizers, euphemists: it wasn't you
I emulated there, in that
Godawful place. What kind
A brilliance takes up residence in flaws—
a brilliance all the unchipped faces of design
refuse. The wine collects its starlets
at a lip's fault, sunlight where the nicked