Where, Broken (the darkness
Cows on the spine of the hill like the spine of a book are some letters Letters with legs; like an E and an L or an R that is squared like the box of the body of cows Like the spine of a book, the legs and the bodies of cows spell out the name and maybe the head spells also the name of the book on whose spine is embossed the name made of grass: The light of the many days and the darkness the roots of the grass pull up out of the hill and the light pushes down with the feet of the cows and the darkness inside of the skulls of the cows, all these the name has eaten The lines of the spines of the cows grazing the sky, the meeting of spine and sky also marking the arcing edges of dark or light letters on dark or light pages where, broken, the name grazes the thing it will know or mean or become These are the choices. However, there are other books.
From A Point Is That Which Has No Part by Liz Waldner, published by University of Iowa Press. Copyright © 2000 by Liz Waldner. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Poet Liz Waldner won the 2000 James Laughlin Award.
Date Published: 2000-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/where-broken-darkness