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Poem for July, 2017

Landscape with Disappearing Poet

....................Miroslav Holub, 1923-1998

Global silence
in this village.
One rides
one’s bike
through clumsy twilight,
watched from deep shadows
by whitetail deer
who have been here three million years,
one of Pangaea’s eye-blinks.

Silence
in the global village.
A poet disappears, dogs
bark, cells and stars
howl silently, are born,
killed, replaced. Cesium
clocks race on, viruses
waltz with receptor cells . . .

In Pittsburgh,
a man on Medicaid, with a cirrhotic liver,
having nearly drunk himself to death,
thinks it’s unfair.
Why can’t he have a new liver?

A very poetic situation, you would say.
But you aren’t here to say it.

Globed
silence.

Motorcycles
race down Highway 58
like the black thoughts of ruptured steelworkers,
dolphins and sharks
play games in the blue deeps
where bottles of champagne
in tranquil shipwrecks
age at one-fourth their normal rate.

A diver may grasp a bottle
and bring it up to the air, the here and now,
pop the cork, enjoy it.

Here, in this globally
dislocated village,
your American hideout,
a heron flaps slowly and in silence
along the local watercourse
a little too tired to fly,
a little too tired to land,
while golfers take mighty swings
launching balls they will never recover.

Angels seem to fall
steadily
in a rain around barns and pastures
distressed by the way the cows
slump to their knees on the kill-floor,
as birds pull worms in graveyards
where human brains, neatly arranged,
lie unplugged in their cases,
and nude mice, in their cages,
sniff the air, always hopeful.

When a poet dies, you wrote,
a lone black bird wakes up in the thicket
and sings for all it’s worth,
while a black rain trickles down
like sperm or something.

Well, yes, and sometimes
there is just silence,
shipwreck silence,
hot July silence
like sperm or something,
in which the eggplants ripen but don’t hatch,
the modest weeds like chicory
flower along the roads,
mud-wasps construct
futuristic
gray hotels, and Japanese beetles
gleam like bronze lozenges
among the shredded roses.

Silence in the global
village. Again,
at dusk,
an opossum
tiptoes across the empty highway,
a mother, her pouched
babies born
the size of bees,
as though the placenta
was just a passing fashion.

Her prehistoric face
carries a very faint grimace
that may or may not be a smile,
like that of a master
who has just
passed over the River Styx,
joking a little with the boatman,
and found eternity
a little bit
to his liking.


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Previous Poems of the Month on one page.

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"Broken Field Running"

Poem from May, 2017
The Fragrance of Orchids

Poem from April, 2017
"The Light Show" III, 2:

Poem from March, 2017
Dinner Time


Poem from February, 2017
The Bird Feeder

Poem from January, 2017
The Poem of the Cold

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Poem from December, 2016
December Fourth, 1974

Poem from November, 2016
My Father at Ninety-Four

Poem from October, 2016
October Couplets

Poem from September, 2016
From “The Light Show,” Poem in Three Parts, Earthshine (1988)

Poem from August, 2016
Chopping Garlic

Poem from July, 2016
An early poem, c. 1962 . . .
Landscape in Three Lights

Poem from June, 2016 and November, 2008
A Ghost, to One Alive

Poem from May, 2016
Poem at Seventy

Poem from April, 2016
Swithin

Poem from March, 2016
Wind, Rain, Light

Poem from February, 2016
Small Muliple Elegy

Poem from January, 2016
Hymn to the eye from

Names of a Hare in English (1979)

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Poem from December, 2015
The Snow Bird

Poem from November, 2015
Reading Yannis Ritso in November

Poem from October, 2015
My Mother at Eighty-Eight

Poem from September, 2015
LEDA

Poem from August, 2015
“It’s a Whole World, the Body. A Whole World!”

Poem from July, 2015
Three Walks

Poem from June, 2015
One Who Came Back
. . . . . . . . . . . .
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Poem from May, 2015
The Poem Against the Horizon

Poem from April, 2015
Walking Home on an Early Spring Evening

Poem from March, 2015
March 10, 2001

Poem from February, 2015
The Hour of Blue Snow

Poem from January, 2015
Lullaby for the Elderly

Poem from December, 2014
On Neglecting to Baptize a Child

Poem from November, 2014
The Light Collector

Poem from October, 2014
October's Stem and Head-Piece

Poem from September, 2014
August Notes

Poem from August, 2014
The Reapers

Poem from July, 2014
Three sections from Night Thoughts

Poem from June, 2014
How Music Began

Poem from May, 2014
Midwestern Families

Poem from April, 2014
Landscape with Grief Train

Poem from March, 2014
The Secret Life of Light

Poem from February, 2014
Fang's Amazing Horse

Poem from January, 2014
Chloe in Late January

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Poem from December, 2013
Nineteen Sixty-three

Poems from November, 2013
Four About Metaphysics

Poems from October, 2013 and October, 2008
Autumn Ghazal

Poem from September, 2013
Two Villanelles

Poem from August, 2013
A Sonnet from the Sequence, "Cloudstown Lightfall"

Poem from July, 2013
Half of Life

Poem from June, 2013
Writing Poems After Dinner at The Zuo's

Poem from May, 2013
The Fool's Tale

Poem from April, 2013
In Heaven

Poem from March, 2013
Walking Around Retired in Ohio

Poem from February, 2013
Winter Remembered

Poem from January, 2013
After Fujiwara no Teika

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Poem from December, 2012
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Poem from November, 2012
Late November: The Wolves at the Cleveland Zoo

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The Language Question

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Occasional Sonnets

Poem from August, 2012
The Lemon

Poem from July, 2012
At the White Window

Poem from June, 2012
Old

Poem from May, 2012
In Exile

Poem from April, 2012
from Earthshine (1988)

Poem from March, 2012
Poem for Adlai Stevenson and Yellow Jackets

Poem from February, 2012
The House Was Quiet on a Winter Afternoon

Poem from January, 2012
Piano Practice
from Rainer Mria Rilke

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Poem from December, 2011
from Six Ghosts

Poem from November, 2011
from Leopardi: L'Infinito

Poem from October, 2011
from Four by Bashio

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from My Little 9-11 Poem

Poem from August, 2011
from Stevens Ghazal

Poem from July, 2011
from Thunder in the Marsh

Poem from June, 2011
from June 17, 2003

Poem from May, 2011
from Sonnels to Orpheus (II, 25)

Poem from April, 2011
More Basho Translations

Poem from March, 2011
Mirror Ghazal

Poem from February, 2011
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Poem from January, 2011
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Poem from December, 2010
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Poem from November, 2010
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Poem from October, 2010
Kitchen Ruckus

Poem from September, 2010
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on an August Night in His Back Yard

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from A Painting of a Falcon

Poem from June, 2010
from Thoughts of Chairman Mao

Poem from May, 2010
from Henry Vaughan

Poem from April, 2010
from The Light Show

Poem from March, 2010
Whichever Stone You Pick Up

Poem from February, 2010
from 'Water Diary'

Poem from January, 2010
January 3, 2003

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Poem from December, 2009
Basho

Poem from November, 2009
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Poem from October, 2009
Hearing You Read

Poem from September, 2009
A Country Postcard

Poem from August, 2009
Mother

Poem from July, 2009
The Day Nabokov Died

Poem from June, 2009
June 17, 2003

Poem from May, 2009
Kohoutek

Poem from April, 2009
Root Vegetable Ghazal

Poem from March, 2009
Poem for Wrists

Poem from February, 2009
Blake's 'Dante and Virgil Penetrating the Forest' (1824)

Poem from January, 2009
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Poem from December, 2008
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Poem from November, 2008 and June, 2016
A Ghost, to One Alive

Poem from October, 2008
Autumn Ghazal

Poem from September, 2008
The Portable Earth-Lamp

Poem from August, 2008
The Picture Says

Poem from July, 2008
July Morning Vision

Poem from June, 2008
Four About Death

Poem from May, 2008
Bonuses

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Poem from March, 2008
A Lowercase Alphabet

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Poem from January, 2008
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The Poem of the Cold

Poem from November, 2007
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Poem About Hopping

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