Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Revelation

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Revelation

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Though there is no cure, he seeks one In the discussions of the rabbis, in the shade Of the eucalyptus, in the bones of St. Peter fish, In the lyrics of Arik Einstein, in Gitanes. Before sleep, uniform slumped To the ground, pen capped, letter To the prime minister sealed, he seeks a cure In the expansive dark of the desert. In the coffeehouse, enchanted by a folk singer. In the shade of the eucalyptus, daydreaming. Best to forget the offerings, how much oil and grain, How many calves, how many pigeons. Forget where the moon is in its cycle. When the first set ends, when the shade moves, He wills to carry the forgetting forward. He wills to practice forgetting when he laces His shoe, when he describes a recurring dream To the prisoner who has a reputation For his interpretations, when he gazes at a ship On the horizon, when he wakes to the face Facing his. This is the first time He has seen her in morning light. …

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