Mark McMorris

Posted in 2016-2017 Readings and Talks

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February 7, 2017

Seminar 5:30 PM in Lannan Center (New North 408)
Reading 8:00 PM in Copley Formal Lounge

Practical Green Table

–Mark McMorris

I thought to write an elegy
as  reply to your questions
to pitch the word as far forward

like a dolphin out of the sea
over a threshold, to behold
the land as practical and green

as this table, a space to write
and walk into like a kitchen
hearing the conjuct vowels

what does a reader suppose
if not the promise of a text
the ultimate form at the end

of a chain of forms infinite
summed to a singular value
the elegy as a place to begin.

From The Book of Landings (Wesleyan University Press, 2016)
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