Pythagorean Silence [excerpt]
1. age of earth and us all chattering a sentence or character suddenly steps out to seek for truth fails falls into a stream of ink Sequence trails off must go on waving fables and faces War doings of the war manoeuvering between points between any two points which is what we want (issues at stake) bearings and so holes in a cloud are minutes passing which is which view odds of images swept rag-tag silver and grey epitomes seconds forgeries engender (are blue) or blacker flocks of words flying together tense as an order cast off to crows
From The Europe of Trusts by Susan Howe. Copyright © 1990 by Susan Howe. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.
Susan Howe is the author of several poetry collections, including Debths (New Directions, 2017). She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2006.
Date Published: 1990-01-01
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