The Reverse Side
The reverse side also has a reverse side—Japanese proverb
It’s why when we speak a truth
some of us instantly feel foolish
as if a deck inside us has been shuffled
and there it is—the opposite
of what we said.
And perhaps why as we fall in love
we’re already falling out of it.
It’s why the terrified and the simple
latch onto one story,
just one version of the great mystery.
Image & afterimage, oh even
the open-minded yearn for a fiction
to reign things in—
the snapshot, the lie of the frame.
How do we not go crazy,
we who have found ourselves compelled
to live with the circle, the ellipsis, the word
not yet written.
— Stephen Dunn, from What Goes On: New & Selected Poems, 1995-2009 (W. W. Norton, 2009)
29-11-2013 22-19-53 (by HolgerLippmann (work in process))
New furniture. #piaf #flannery
My stud muffin.
Loose Leaf from a Destroyed Journal
To my knowledge, she never scrapped any of her poetic efforts. —Ted Hughes
In my dream’s dream
I rake the flood, toiling in molten gold streams
of leaves, leaves by the ream.
I can’t keep up with fall.
Red words drop, I sweat, they drop fireballs