What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995-2009
"Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely," Stephen Dunn says. "They make us beware in new ways." In his moment new and chosen assortment, Dunn subtly enlarges our feel of chance. His new poems, suffused with affection and rue for our international, sometimes tackle the metaphysical, as in those lines—
from “Talk to God”Ease into your misgivingsAsk him if in his weaknesshe used to be ever responsiblefor a pettiness—some climate, say,brought in to teach who’s bosswhen not anyone appeared sufficiently movedby a sundown or the form of an egg.Ask him if while he gave us desirehe had underestimated its power.
Discarded or broken, even long past, and raise it again into the area. JUAREZ For L. What unhappy freedom i've got, now that we’re unwed. i will be able to inform the Juarez tale, that you wouldn’t enable me inform, even though I guaranteed you I’d inform it as proof of the unusual areas the soul hides, and why I fell in love. It was once yours, you acknowledged. You wouldn’t permit me make it mine. You have been in El Paso, a flight attendant. among jobs? I can’t really consider. males gravitated to you as though they have been falling.
Set in. All day lengthy, my former love, I’ve been revising a poem approximately us. First, a steady guy spoke it, then I gave the satan an opportunity. yet you usually knew my another person may purely be me. snoozing WITH OTHERS simply because reminiscence and its intrusive nostalgias lie down with us, it is helping to assert we like one another, every one announcement a small erasure, the earlier for some time decreased to a hint, the heart’s palimpsest to a murmur. nonetheless, our solitudes are so populated that typically after intercourse we.
Forlorn or frisky, totally depending on the great will of others. quickly the evening birds will be calling different evening birds, the conventional inflow of eros start to combine with tune heard from less than. I’d think it used to be time to return down, to the touch and be touched, participate in a dailiness for which I’d want phrases like welter or maelstrom. yet for now if I seemed challenging i'll see the random pine cone, the random leaf, and if I closed my eyes anything like a development, the illusion of an order. NEW.
Beggar on the foot of the steps gave the impression of a aspect from a Brueghel. I gave him a few swap, and made my manner down to the Uptown part the place a long time earlier than— whilst I lived to be surprised—I’d watched a guy with a guitar sing whereas his monkey danced. AN ABBREVIATED travel OF THE now not but FALLEN international the sunshine could shine then the evening might fall, and in these bed room cities outdoor towns the place many had long past to flee the negative, humans I’d as soon as been and infrequently nonetheless am— with.
The cabinets. The previous church buildings have been houses for the terrible. And but ahead of food and at bedtime and within the iconographies of goals, God took his invisible position within the country of desire. Disaffected minstrels made and sang His songs. The angels got breath and mind. This all went on whereas He used to be useless to the area. The darkish Angel saw it, ready as ever. On these items his complete life depended. ODYSSEUS’S mystery firstly he concept in simple terms of domestic, and Penelope. yet after a number of.