The Figured Wheel by Robert Pinsky
This has been a busy summer, and going back to school (teaching) is always a bit melancholy. Reading a few poems from this collection in the mornings gave me a sense of clarity and made me feel connected to some of the things that I’ve always valued.
From one of my favorites, “Ceremony for Any Beginning”: “Against weather, and the random
Harpies—mood, circumstance, the laws
Of biography, chance, physics—
The unseasonable soul holds forth,
Eager for form as a renowned
Pedant, the emperor's man of worth,
Hereditary arbiter of manners.
Soul, one's life is one's enemy.
As the small children learn, what happens
Takes over, and what you were goes away.
They learn it in sardonic soft
Comments of the weather, when it sharpens
The hard surfaces of daylight: light
Winds, vague in direction, like blades”
Have you read any poetry this summer? Do you have any favorite poems?
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