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    self astronomy


    a theory about emotions
    they are like telescopes
    you see yourself in one
    everything is enormous


    but if you turn it around
    to find how others see you
    a distant miniature
    too faint to really discern


    - Kevin Pryne
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    After

    after chopping off all the arms that reached out to me;
    after boarding up all the windows and doors;

    after filling all the pits with poisoned water;
    after building my house on the rock of no,
    inaccessible to flattery and fear;

    after cutting off my tongue and eating it;
    after hurling handfuls of silence
    and monosyllable of scorn at my loves;

    after forgetting my name;
    and the name of my birthplace;
    and the name of my race;

    after judging and sentencing myself
    to perpetual waiting,
    and perpetual loneliness, I heard
    against the stones of my dungeon of syllogisms,

    the humid, tender, insistent
    onset of spring.


    - Octavio Paz
    (translated by Robert Bly)
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    In The Caves of Swimmers

    In the Gilf Kebir plateau in the Sahara side
    of Egypt there is a cave containing rock paintings
    of swimming figures. Did these figures represent
    escaping an Ice Age climate change, a desert
    drought, or a Paleolithic form of buoyancy found in
    dreams? It's possible they were learning a way
    of moving inside their lives amid the waters of
    uncertainty. There is a sense that they are
    practicing a devotional shape of their own dream
    of life; it could be that they are swimming towards
    God.

    In the caves of our own current lives, whether
    floating or drowning in a troubled ocean, aren't we
    pulled by a magnet in the same divine direction?
    From our own beds at night we may float the storm,
    dive into an astral star wave, not to flee but answer
    a distant beckoning. It has been called levitation, this
    rising in a luminous night spell like the gesture of prayer
    in a swimmer's breath that reaches for the shore.
    It's been called astral projection, rising, lighter than bones,
    above our bedroom walls, beyond ceilings of moons and
    paths of stars like an ageless body swimming through
    centuries of sleep.

    - Rich Meyers
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    Atavism


    1
    Sometimes in the open you look up
    where birds go by, or just nothing,
    and wait. A dim feeling comes
    you were like this once, there was air,
    and quiet; it was by a lake, or
    maybe a river you were alert
    as an otter and were suddenly born
    like the evening star into wide
    still worlds like this one you have found
    again, for a moment, in the open.


    2
    Something is being told in the woods: aisles of
    shadow lead away; a branch waves;
    a pencil of sunlight slowly travels its
    path. A withheld presence almost
    speaks, but then retreats, rustles
    a patch of brush. You can feel
    the centuries ripple generations
    of wandering, discovering, being lost
    and found, eating, dying, being born.
    A walk through the forest strokes your fur,
    the fur you no longer have. And your gaze
    down a forest aisle is a strange, long
    plunge, dark eyes looking for home.
    For delicious minutes you can feel your whiskers
    wider than your mind, away out over everything.

    - William Stafford
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    Many-Roofed Building in Moonlight

    I found myself
    suddenly voluminous,
    three-dimensioned,
    a many-roofed building in moonlight.

    Thought traversed
    me as simply as moths might.
    Feelings traversed me as fish.

    I heard myself thinking,
    It isn’t the piano, it isn’t the ears.

    Then heard, too soon, the ordinary furnace,
    the usual footsteps above me.

    Washed my face again with hot water,
    as I did when I was a child.

    - Jane Hirshfield
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    Betrothed

    You hear yourself walking on the snow.
    You hear the absence of the birds.
    A stillness so complete, you hear
    the whispering inside of you. Alone
    morning after morning, and even more
    at night. They say we are born alone,
    to live and die alone. But they are wrong.
    We get to be alone by time, by luck,
    or by misadventure. When I hit the log
    frozen in the woodpile to break it free,
    it makes a sound of perfect inhumanity,
    which goes pure all through the valley,
    like a crow calling unexpectedly
    at the darker end of twilight that awakens
    me in the middle of a life. The black
    and white of me mated with this indifferent
    winter landscape. I think of the moon
    coming in a little while to find the white
    among these colorless pines.

    - Jack Gilbert
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    the total thrust is global justice


    The total thrust is
    global justice
    so we gotta fix the politics
    and put a check upon its economics
    or before you know it, a warrior-poet
    may try to upend the
    corporate agenda that's
    got 'em blind to the real bottom line.
    It's intense when you sense the only interests
    on the docket
    are fat cats with Republi-Crats
    in their pocket.
    It's crooked now
    just look at how
    the pundits are funded.
    They're devious at CBS and, yes,
    they'll choose the news that fits the script unless
    I play tricks on the matrix.
    (In case you can't guess shit,
    I'm not to be messed with.)
    The folks know my art form
    comes straight from the heart for 'em.
    A lyrical storm that departs from the norm
    and transforms as I'm giving
    rhymes for the minds in the times that we live in.
    I can't hang with the anguish
    and I don't want my language to languish
    'cause there ain't nothing like Drew's
    hip hop haikus
    I got a mandate
    to disturb
    the urban landscape.

    We got tyrannies
    right here in these
    States,
    and you never know
    when they'll go
    right back to some tactics
    like COINTELPRO.
    If we could see through the lies
    see how they brutalize
    and get cops
    to beat speech in the streets
    and guard sweatshops.
    I'm ending these industries.
    Please can we factor the
    effect of the
    trajectory?
    This whole place is racist
    and sexist from North
    Dakota down to Texas
    with the twenty-first century's
    youth in penitentiaries
    and the night never seemed this dark
    but now half of the stars
    are behind prison bars.
    Oh say can you see?
    But if we can dream a new day it may be.
    You had to know the baddest bro
    with the phattest flow would shake up the status quo
    with my adjectives and adverbs and ad libs.
    Like Gandhi
    protest is my modus operandi.
    It's like Malcolm and Martin's
    evolution with art
    and revolution
    'cause the total thrust is
    global justice.


    - Drew Dellinger
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    In this World


    The hill pasture, an open place among the trees,
    tilts into the valley. The clovers and tall grasses
    are in bloom. Along the foot of the hill
    dark floodwater moves down the river.
    The sun sets. Ahead of nightfall the birds sing.
    I have climbed up to water the horses
    and now sit and rest, high on the hillside,
    letting the day gather and pass. Below me
    cattle graze out across the wide fields of the bottomlands,
    slow and preoccupied as stars. In this world
    men are making plans, wearing themselves out,
    spending their lives, in order to kill each other.


    - Wendell Berry
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    Place

    On the last day of the world
    I would want to plant a tree

    what for
    not the fruit

    the tree that bears the fruit
    is not the one that was planted

    I want the tree that stands
    in the earth for the first time

    with the sun already
    going down

    and the water
    touching its roots

    in the earth full of the dead
    and the clouds passing

    one by one
    over its leaves

    - W.S. Merwin
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    Variation on a Theme


    Thank you my life long afternoon
    late in this spring that has no age
    my window above the river
    for the woman you led me to
    when it was time at last the words
    coming to me out of mid-air
    that carried me through the clear day
    and come even now to find me
    for old friends and echoes of them
    those mistakes only I could make
    homesickness that guides the plovers
    from somewhere they had loved before
    they knew they loved it to somewhere
    they had loved before they saw it
    thank you good body hand and eye
    and the places and moments known
    only to me revisiting
    once more complete just as they are
    and the morning stars I have seen
    and the dogs who are guiding me


    - W.S. Merwin
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    Poem Liturgy

    There is an energy
    That insists its way into words.

    Mary Oliver knew about it
    And so hid pencils in trees
    Where she walked daily in the woods.
    The mystery of that energy
    might come, she knew
    with its inescapable calling card,
    and in the breeze of morning
    send her to her knees

    There close enough to earth and
    under the daily office of sky

    she could find what she needed to worship.

    - Judith Stone
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    Paris

    J'ai vu Paris dans l'ombre
    Hypogée où l'on riait trop
    Paris une grande améthyste
    Ces soldats belges en troupe
    Vieilles femmes habillées en Perrette
    Après le pot-au-lait
    L'officier-pilote raconte ses exploits
    J'ai entendu la berloque
    Mais quel sourire celui de celui qui eut sursis d'appel illimité
    Ombre de la statue de Shakespeare sur le Boulevard Haussmann
    Laideur des costumes civils des hommes qui ne sont pas partis
    Les peintres travaillaient
    Mon cœur t'adore

    - Guillaume Apollinaire
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    The Excesses of God

    Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
    Our God? For to be equal a need
    Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
    Rainbows over the rain
    And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
    On the domes of deep sea-shells,
    And make the necessary embrace of breeding
    Beautiful also as fire,
    Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom
    Nor the birds without music:
    There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,
    The extravagant kindness, the fountain
    Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise
    If power and desire were perch-mates.

    - Robinson Jeffers




    "Be joyful though you have considered all the facts."
    - Wendell Berry
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    I asked my friend Tom Bissinger to translate the poem, Paris. Tom's been to Paris, once as an extra in the 1969 film: "If It'sTuesday, This Must Be Belgium" with Suzanne Pleshette'.

    • Paris
    • J'ai vu Paris dans l’ombre. I’ve seen shadowy Paris
    • Hypogée où l'on riait trop A subterranean chamber where one laughed too much
    • Paris une grande améthyste Paris a gleaming amethyst
    • Ces soldats belges en troupe like a troop of Belgian soldiers
    • Vieilles femmes habillées en Perrette old dames dressed in Perrette
    • Après le pot-au-lait. after their lattes (chocolate dessert, yogurt?)
    • L'officier-pilote raconte ses exploits The flight captain retells his exploits
    • J'ai entendu la berloque. I understood the berloque (?)
    • Mais quel sourire celui de celui qui eut sursis d'appel illimité but that grin of those who had deferred that boundless summons
    • Ombre de la statue de Shakespeare sur le Boulevard Haussmann Shakespeare’s shadow on the Boulevard Haussmann
    • Laideur des costumes civils des hommes qui ne sont pas partis the ugly polite dress of men who are still here
    • Les peintres travaillaient Painters work/ paint
    • Mon cœur t’adore. My heart (pun on dog) worships you

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    Paris

    J'ai vu Paris dans l'ombre
    Hypogée où l'on riait trop
    Paris une grande améthyste
    Ces soldats belges en troupe
    Vieilles femmes habillées en Perrette
    Après le pot-au-lait
    L'officier-pilote raconte ses exploits
    J'ai entendu la berloque
    Mais quel sourire celui de celui qui eut sursis d'appel illimité
    Ombre de la statue de Shakespeare sur le Boulevard Haussmann
    Laideur des costumes civils des hommes qui ne sont pas partis
    Les peintres travaillaient
    Mon cœur t'adore

    - Guillaume Apollinaire
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