FOR YOU For Michael Palmer Did we run out of things or just a name for you? Above us the sun doubles its acclaim for you. Negative sun or negative shade pulled from the ground . and the image brought in one ornate frame for you. At my every word they cry “Who the hell are you?” What would you reply if they thus sent Fame to you? What a noise the sentences make writing themselves—— Here’s every word that we used as a flame for you. I remember your wine in my springtime of sorrow. Now the world...
typed draft of "Ghazal" from volume The Country without a Post Office
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GHAZAL Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight before you agonize him in farewell tonight? Pale hands thatg once loved me beside the Shalimar: Whom else from rapture’s road will you expel tonight? I‘ Those “Fabrics of Cashmere——” “to make Me beautiful——” “Trinket”—-to gem——”Me to adorn——How tell”-—tonight? I beg for haven: Prisons, let open your gates—— A refugee from Belief seeks a cell tonight. God’s vintage loneliness has turned to vinegar—— All the archangels——their wings f...
seven sections denoted by xxx 1 "The last yes." 2 a description of escaping in winter while time seems to dissolve 3 "And then- my shawl draped over you- ending my mirrors." 4 asphodel 5 "Just as I saw the spiral wreck of human love and all that's human," a quote from the fresnch writer/artist of polish descent Guillame Apollinaire 6 a nost about how Husband of Water would be a good title for a chapbook 7 "I never knew there could be so many things I did not want," a quote of Socrates
short poem about a body breaking under the night sky, and the flowers and stars that surround the scence, a short poem about the cries coming from a grandmother's house, then excerpts or early drafting from his poem "I Dream I am the Only Passenger on Flight 423 to Srinagar"