Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

On the Other Side of the Poem

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

On the Other Side of the Poem

Article excerpt

1.

The April rain has a smell

that lingers among grass and earth

and the diffusing gray of the city sky

makes the car lights more luminous

this might be a fantasy but it rather the other side of the poem

on the other side of the pom

I see a form in the shadows:

legs, a breast, an obsured face

and some who no longer walk Earth

on the other side of the poem

I see a form in the shadows:

legs, a breast, an obscured face

and some who no longer walk Earth

on the other side of the poem

I am writing the poem

in thier immenst silence

of grief without reference

each dawn on the other side of the poem

comets streak the sky

permission is asked to enter the abstrations

infecting speech

when we cannot find the counters

to clarify the emotion that engulfs us

I am often speaking of this

with someone in my head

who is never absent

on the other side of the poem

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