April 30, 2012

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Academy of American Poets

April 30, 2012

Celebrating our Sweet 16 this month, Poets.org looks back at 16 years online. Learn more >

Today's poem is from Spindrift, published by Wake Forest University Press. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Read more about this book.




Related Poems

  • The Family Photograph
    by Vona Groarke
  • (Soma)tic 5: Storm SOAKED Bread
    by CAConrad
  • Becoming Weather, 21
    by Chris Martin
  • Snow-Bound [The sun that brief December day]
    by John Greenleaf Whittier
  • The Book of a Thousand Eyes [Rain, queen]
    by Lyn Hejinian

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    Purism
    by Vona Groarke

    The wind orchestrates
    its theme of loneliness
    and the rain
    has too much glitter in it, yes.

    They are like words, the wrong ones,
    insisting I listen to sense.
    But I too am obstinate.

    I have white walls,
    white curtained windows.
    What need have I
    of the night's jet-black,
    outlandish ornament?

    What I am after
    is silence
    in proportion
    to desire,

    the way music plumbs
    its surfaces
    as straight words do
    the air between them.

    I begin to learn
    the simple thing

    burning through
    to an impulse at once lovely
    and given to love

    that will not be refused.

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    Academy of American Poets

    April 30, 2012

    Celebrating our Sweet 16 this month, Poets.org looks back at 16 years online. Learn more >

    Today's poem is from Spindrift, published by Wake Forest University Press. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

    Read more about this book.




    Related Poems

  • The Family Photograph
    by Vona Groarke
  • (Soma)tic 5: Storm SOAKED Bread
    by CAConrad
  • Becoming Weather, 21
    by Chris Martin
  • Snow-Bound [The sun that brief December day]
    by John Greenleaf Whittier
  • The Book of a Thousand Eyes [Rain, queen]
    by Lyn Hejinian

  • You can unsubscribe from our Poem-A-Day emails at at anytime—either completely, or until next April.

    Academy of American Poets
    75 Maiden Lane
    Suite 901
    New York, NY 10038
    212-274-0343
    academy@poets.org



    Purism
    by Vona Groarke

    The wind orchestrates
    its theme of loneliness
    and the rain
    has too much glitter in it, yes.

    They are like words, the wrong ones,
    insisting I listen to sense.
    But I too am obstinate.

    I have white walls,
    white curtained windows.
    What need have I
    of the night's jet-black,
    outlandish ornament?

    What I am after
    is silence
    in proportion
    to desire,

    the way music plumbs
    its surfaces
    as straight words do
    the air between them.

    I begin to learn
    the simple thing

    burning through
    to an impulse at once lovely
    and given to love

    that will not be refused.

    Share Digg StumbleUpon Facebook E-mail to Friend

     


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