Sunday, April 29, 2007

Poem for the Day

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When I first read Wallace Stevens' work as an undergrad it was in an American Lit. Survey. I was underwhelmed. It didn't work for me; didn't move me; didn't resonate in any serious way. I went back this week and reread some of his work. I get it now. I see what the fuss is.

Nomad Exquisite
As the immense dew of Florida

Brings forth

The big-finned palm

And green vine angering for life,

As the immense dew of Florida

Brings forth hymn and hymn

From the beholder,

Beholding all these green sides

And gold sides of green sides,

And blessed mornings,

Meet for the eye of the young alligator,

And lightning colors

So, in me, come flinging

Forms, flames, and the flakes of flames.

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