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CONTRA MORTEM: THE ECSTASY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dawn will be the time and the forest will be the place
Last Line: Will stay upon the stone a long long while
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


Dawn will be the time and the forest will be the place
the brook the stone in their arrest and flowing
turning perpetually in the kind of grace
that is simply a kind of knowing
intensified around this present The woman's face
halfsmiling against the stone will seal the force
of the lordly surging flooding sun
entering with her husbandman
entering surging flooding and yet not seen
and never to be told The brook
its music almost lost or too serene
for her to hear will in its small crook
fold her on the stone Her strange halfsmile
as if the earth had found its generic look
will stay upon the stone a long long while.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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