Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GEOMETRY IS THE MIND OF GOD, by JAMES GALVIN



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GEOMETRY IS THE MIND OF GOD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A point is that which has no part
Last Line: I'd say it's a green thorn in the heart
Subject(s): Geometry; God; Mathematics


A point is that which has no part.
A line is a breadthless length.
A man in his life is a point on a line:
That which has no part on a breadthless length.
The far horizon is a line made of vanishing points,
Near collision of funneling views,
Flat as a corpse's EKG.
The line to my back
Is a heart attack of granite and ice,
A tumble of similar opposites.
The opposite of a mountain
Is the ocean or the sky
Or an island in the ocean
Or an island in the sky
Or a thorn on the island, growing.
And what regards the reeling firmament
With sympathy?
If the ocean has an island,
If the point has no part,
I'd say it's a green thorn in the heart.


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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