Monday, August 21, 2006

more on mclennan

I mentioned rob mclennan's new book, aubade, the other day. I am making my way through it and wanted to share a little sample with you today. He has written an elegy for Diana Brebner which moved me deeply. Read it and remember. Better still, order the book so you can read this poem and others...simple magics...

in the darkness of that same century
(for diana brebner

what thru the stony ground, elevates, a need
or consideration

it speaks to the same, what you think
you are thinking of

is this the best or the worst time for small-talk

delivering packages to the nurse where yr
sound asleep, not
what a memory is for

this is still, & still a place for
what the heart goes out to

sharing a pack of earth, whether carrying
a satchel, or walks w/ a cane, still takes
the same #14 bus, still talks a while

we know where this is heading

& borders thru archways, the tremble
of past lives & present neath yr feet

& ishtar gate, astarte, the goddess of,
youd so long been searching, love


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