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Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002

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Topography

After we flew across the country we

got in bed, laid our bodies

intricately together, like maps laid

face to face, East to West, my

San Francisco against your New York, your

Fire Island against my Sonoma, my

New Orleans deep inside your Texas, your Idaho

bright on my Great Lakes, my Kansas

burning against your Kansas your Kansas

burning against my Kansas, your Eastern

Standard Time pressing into my

Pacific Time, my Mountain Time

beating against your Central Time, your

sun rising swiftly from the right my

sun rising swiftly from the left your

moon rising slowly from the left my

moon rising slowly from the right until

all four bodies of the sky

burn above us, sealing us together,

all our cities twin cities,

all our states united, one

nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

First Thanksgiving

When she comes back, from college, I will see

the skin of her upper arms, cool,

matte, glossy. She will hug me, my old

soupy chest against her breasts,

I will smell her hair! She will sleep in this apartment,

her sleep like an untamed, good object, like a

soul in a body. She came into my life the

second great arrival, fresh

from the other world — which lay, from within him,

within me. Those nights, I fed her to sleep,

week after week, the moon rising,

and setting, and waxing — whirling, over the months,

in a steady blur, around our planet.

Now she doesnt need love like that, she has

had it. She will walk in glowing, we will talk,

and then, when shes fast asleep, Ill exult

to have her in that room again,

behind that door! As a child, I caught

bees, by the wings, and held them, some seconds,

looked into their wild faces,

listened to them sing,

then tossed them back

into the air — I remember the moment the

arc of my toss swerved, and they entered

the corrected curve of their departure.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375710766
Author:
Olds, Sharon
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
n. 7
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.38x5.94x.65 in. .64 lbs.

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