Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday Poetry Blogging

In the vein of Andrea's post on Blake, I'll post a poem from an author whom I discovered all at once and fell in love with, Wallace Stevens. I took a course in college only on him, with a rather magnetic professor. The unintelligibility really turned me on.

A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts

The difficulty to think at the ned of day,
When the shapeless shadow covers the sun
And nothing is left except light on your fur -

There was the cat slopping its milk all day,
Fat cat, red tongue, green mind, white milk
And August the most peaceful month.

To be, in the grass, in the peacefullest time,
Without that moment of cat,
The cat forgotten in the moon;

And to feel that the light is a rabbit-light,
In which everything is meant for you
And nothing need be explained;

Then there is nothing to think of. It comes of itself;
And east rushes west and west rushes down,
No matter. The grass is full

And full of yourself. The trees around are for you,
The whole of the wideness of night is for you,
A self that touches all edges,

You become a self that fills the four corners of night.
The red cat hides away in the fur-light
And there you are humped high, humped up,

You are humped higher and higher, black as stone -
You sit with your head like a carving in space
And the little green cat is a bug in the grass.

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