23 April 2009

Charles Wright

[from Charles Wright's Sestets, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009]

Consolation and the Order of the World

There is a certain hubris,
                                      or sense of invulnerability,
That sends us packing
Whenever our focus drops a stop, or the flash fails.

These snaps are the balance of our lives,
Defining moments, permanent signs,
Fir shadows needling out of the woods,
                                                           night with its full syringe.

Sestets: Poems

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