Martha Rhodes

 


     Poems By Dana Levin

     Ars Poetica

     Techno

     Letter to GC

      

 

 

Letter to GC

 

I say most sincerely and desperately, HAPPPY NEW YEAR!


Having rowed a little farther away from the cliff


Which is my kind of religion


Adrift in the darkness but readying oars


How can there be too many stars and hands, I ask you

                                    __

 

I would be disingenuous if I said “being understood”

       is not important to me


Between the ceiling of private dream and the floor of public   

       speech


Between the coin and the hand it crosses


Mercantilists’ and governors’ and preachers’ alike


The imagination and its products so often rebuff purpose


And some of us don’t like it, and want to make it mean


I would never shoot you, even if you were the only meat

       around

                                    __

 

Anyway, snow-bound sounds gorgeous and inconvenient


Like the idea of ending on the internal rhyme of psychics

       and clients


Though I too privilege the “shiny”


And of course, I want to be approved of, so much


Despite the image I’ve been savoring, the one of the self-

       stitching wound


Yes, I want to write that self-healing wound poem, the one
        with cocoon closed up with thorns


We are getting such lovely flourishes from our poets


Fathomless opportunities for turning literacy into event


It’s the drama of feeling we find such an aesthetic problem,
            these days

 

 

 

 

 

 

From SKY BURIAL (Copper Canyon Press, 2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
         
    Poetry Center Reading:
    Fall 2010