Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Final Thought

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Final Thought

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FINAL THOUGHT

What I have written thus far is but a treatise

On the owl and the moon, as if the given

Were world enough, as if one thousand and one

Views of the moon-each phase marked, inscrutable

Illumined the hairline crack in the plaster,

The door to the river, mid-winter's passage,

A field of view inverted through a pinhole.

The terrestrial and celestial globes

Are not translations of figured worlds,

But worlds figured, where the owl flushed from the oak

Circles above a lost plan of paradise,

The tumbled onyx wall, the enclosure's gate.

All is shaped by the moon's static glare and verge,

Its cold charge, by talon, span, plummet, and swerve.

Awake I read the script of a reverie,

Parse and dissect a reed shaken by the wind,

And asleep, Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae,

The monocle of the shallow fire pond,

The surface lux, lumen, color, and splendor,

Silvers and salts from which the image appears. …

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