Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Larry Joseph

Working at home today on my next piece, on the poet Lawrence Joseph. Can't read in the red armchair--too tired, I keep dozing off. Hard to concentrate.

Some lovely lines in J's third book, Before Our Eyes, my target for today--the last third of his recent collection, Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993. These plucked from "Generation":
Optimism?--that would suppose
Miami ideas opposed to Chicago
facts; but vision sustains,
a style of seeing: a child catches
sunlight in a pocket mirror,
refracts it into a senator's eyes.
Time to walk, think, talk with my wife, before the kids get home.

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