Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Notes about What I Meant

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Notes about What I Meant

Article excerpt

What I meant to say about the light was that

we loved it, then it changed. Taking the world

with it.

Daylight unfurled and our seeing - anything -

was adventure.

*

We hunted light up and down the island.

Sometimes, I thought we chased an idea of the softest

clearest light - a spring you'd find, high in the hills,

after days of walking. But, at precise times,

depending on clouds, it draped itself across roofs

and buildings like a golden cat - colours deep,

ridges in silhouette - five minutes only, before we

headed for a blinding, bleached midday. If we'd known

the principles at work, we could've been butchers

learning anatomy.

*

The new optician had a different chart. The test

was to read underlined phrases through lenses

that changed like funfair mirrors. I was to say

how hard/easy they were - except for one

in tiny type that said

how beautiful. …

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