Tasker Street

Tasker Street

Tasker Street

Tasker Street

Synopsis

Winner of the 1991 Juniper Prize sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Excerpt

The truth was there, beside the road
but you never looked straight at it. the other
two poems were there in the book you held
but you never quite read them.
A small girt in a hotel corridor,
a proof about a circle around a triangle,
a phrase including the word "reciprocal,"
a film about pornography
juxtaposed with an essay on Thoreau
plus some sense of purpose in a landscape by Watteau,
a wave crossing your mind when you sang
"Hello Goodbye" on Compo Beach--
you never got the hint.
Riding past a graveyard watching the traffic;
the truth was there, was it not, maybe
something about the tombstones being among
such lovely trees?--How the trees come
abruptly and almost theoretically right out of the ground . . .
Intersection of two memories:
your mother downtown saying "That poor creature,"
your friend at a barbecue saying "So many kinds of goodness."
"Ode to a Nightingale"--
what if you were to really read it again
instead of just examining it?
And there was a scene in Jude the Obscure
the color of which was dark dark green;
or possibly the meditations of a strange woman
published by some small press in California--
but maybe not in a book at all.
You want it to be in a book . . .

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