fire in that square floodlit by crimson gels left onstage a floating red silk scarf that snaked around the nimblest calves unable to outlast Mozart's legacy or Pater's gemlike flame abandoned dream erased by edicts of the blood the song the space with both feet off the ground if only for a moment elephantine memory as the curtain falls full weight the voice of Kathleen Battle amplified fades away five years to the day and still your body as it was caught between Isadora and the wheel and not what it has become a form that those who live must bear
First published in Chelsea. Copyright © 1999 by Timothy Liu. Reprinted by permission of the author. All rights reserved.
Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) is the author of Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain 1992-2017 (Barrow Street Books, 2018), among other books.
Date Published: 1999-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/exsultate-jubilate