By Michael Lieberman
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4 Oleander is not the extravagant answer. The peonies flow, ruffled like a young boy's foreskin. 5 The bayou cleaves live oak from live oak cottonwood from cottonwood loquat from loquat two hemispheres of like mind. 6 Yes, the whippet, we wait for the lesser arc, her midriff baled, snout drawn out from molten glass, Page 34 for her acceleration, accurate, into herself that says waitwhich is what we do at Chimney Rock. 7 Clouds, dark as greyhounds, lean into their gait, overfly, swirl back. Skewers of salvia nose the air.
A modern man at the end of his rope, he glimpsed our follynot as misanthrope as prey of furies no one could appease. Secured by darkness, love of trope, he sealed compassion in an envelope without address or stamp. His dis-ease, a modern man at the end of his rope. When chemistry undid each glint of hope, snuffed out the miner's light of Weldon Kees, his poems shone in darkness, love of trope; resurrected a man at the end of his rope. Page 4 Survivor Cadmium, leper of metals, unable to shed the stigma of its birth.
He had lit down, and, looking out, tried to say a few things plainly. That night he appeared like an eclipse we don't quite remember an experience when subtraction addsand left us with a negative afterimage. What we recorded was the size of his task, but mostly we wondered how we would earn a living. He knew working by deletion is slow, that it takes decades to make nothing happen. Page 14 Why Should I Clone the Genes of Simon Srebnik? What would I understand if I knew the sequence of his DNA, could place him in perspective with Cro-Magnon, patriarchs, his ancestors, my ancestors?
A history of the sweetness of the world by Michael Lieberman