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Short poem

Rosemary Sullivan (1947-)

The universe is as close as the veins in your neck
-- Russian axiom

              1The angle seemed askew,
              2an enigmatic grin hanging
              3at the end of the highway,
              4a last orange gasp.

              5Beethoven on the radio,
              6his silence tangible
              7between the sounds.

              8We pull a history in unmatched words
              9from two hemispheres
            10over empty space.

            11I remember
            12at least one ancient cell
            13in the body comes from stardust.

            14We follow the black syntax
            15of the moon's thoughts
            16out to drifting stars.

            17A universe expanding into nothing,
            18we are the space we travel to.


5] Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827), German Romantic Composer.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
This poem cannot be published anywhere without the written consent of Rosemary Sullivan or Black Moss Press permissions department.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Blue Panic (Windsor, Ontario: Black Moss Press, 1991): 20. PS 8587 .U52 B58 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/15

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