Poems

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31.
The Birdman

'In Brueghel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster...'
—W.H. Auden, from *Musée des Beaux Arts*
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32.
St. Martin’s Cemetery

(New Derry, Westmoreland County, PA)

Grandfather Lawrence, whom I never knew,
I wonder what appeasing light, if any,
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33.
Clarity

This God-gifted dawn,
dawn of brilliant leaves
and dew-dampened clover—
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34.
Ezra Pound Enters The Tent

No, this is not a station in the metro,
this is an open cage outside of Pisa.
Ezra Pound now sits inside of it,
his beard a burning bush of grief made new.
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35.
Tikkun Olam*

(Ekaterinburg, Russia,17 July 1918)

His mouth agape, as though still asking questions,
the Tsar lies at the end of his long reign.
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36.
Angel

To wake again like dew upon the blades
of the green meadow, like a gust of wind
pushing the clouds above the forest glades,
at last free from desire, no longer pinned
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37.
The Garrett Loft

In garret lofts poor artists have quite often
painted women bathing, combing hair
inside a nearby mirror ... Your eyes soften,
and, pale as blossoms or flesh from a pear,
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38.
Beasts

How many beasts
had roamed the soil
before man's feasts
began to spoil
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39.
Swallows

It was once thought that swallows
wintered on the moon,
or morphed into field mice
beneath the autumn swoon
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40.
Despair

Alone in the dark, the blood of blackberries
dripping down his shins, the morning star
looking back in the mirror through which he gazes,
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