The Expectations of Light (Princeton Series of Contemporary by Pattian Rogers

By Pattian Rogers

Initially released in 1981.

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The Expectations of Light (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets) (Princeton Legacy Library)

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28 How You CAME It's a wonder how you came Clear across a city, Jumping the roofs of marble towers Like stepping stones, Weaving under metal girders, Tripping up orange steel, Bolts as big as sausages. Like a bully goat over bridges, Ignoring dark trolls and their gleaming spikes, You were brave, In the black beneath concrete viaducts, Their undersides pinned with the brushwork of birds And dripping the green of last week's water. Past a thousand, thousand wooden doors, You circled the rooms of glass buildings, Skirted cement walls, Walking sideways just above rivers.

That is the mucous slide Of the worm through sand. Those are spindle shells Knocking in the surf. " What becomes then of sounds that enter The ear without names-the whine Of the moon muffled in clouds, the high-pitched Terror of the earth turning into night ? This evening, the hissing and sizzling Of the inflexible social vectors bound to this group Have been completely missed. We must practice fine distinctions. "Hear the sloving of evening's soft sheet Over the hills. Hear the hard ranchet Of the wish abandoned.

32 HEARING THE UNEXPECTED Hearing is not an instinct. Deaf children, cured, Must be taught to hear. Beginning with the smallest Silver bell, the brain is instructed on the isolation Of ringing, the counter clunk of the wooden block. The mind must be led to single out and name the rush Of wild ducks slapping across the lake, wind rubbing Backward on the trees, the teacher's voice Saying, "These are your hands clapping. " The tremble o f the inner ear i s constant. The selection By the brain is taught.

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