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On the Late Latin Light, and Long Island. Summer. 1968

From: New England Review
Volume 33, Number 4, 2013
pp. 100-101 | 10.1353/ner.2013.0006

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On the Late Latin Light

The semi-precious sunset, windswept, vain,
took the cold buttery light and made it work.
Myopia blurred the rain, laying the dust.
It was elegiac lite, in other words.
The window framed a gallery of garden,
wisteria draped along the mossy fence,
the lilac punk-show of a woodblock print,
as if a chisel could engrave a thought.
There was an hour when style was not the cause.
Jerome in his ink-blotched study, lion and skull
props in some fantasy of scholarship,
scratched down the words of God in his own tongue.
Latin was not the tongue, I forgot to add.
He was the odd man out, or in, perhaps.

Long Island. Summer. 1968

after Thomas Jones, “Rooftops in Naples”

Beneath that chalk-blue sky with iron
stirred through it, the whitewashed windows
burned in faint phosphorescence. That long forgotten
summer, amid the ghostly Long Island yachts,
we entered the waters on that narrow neck
beneath a cracked porcelain moon.
Our blank lives had almost begun.
War rose behind the shuttered summer, that summer.
We whispered beneath the low masses
of anchored boats, stirring through that coldness,
the phosphor radiant along bodies
naked in their nakedness. There in the iced waters,
our glowing outlines almost made us whole.

William Logan  

William Logan’s new book of poems, Madame X (Penguin), was published in the fall. His edition of John Townsend Trowbridge’s forgotten comic epic, Guy Vernon (University of Minnesota Press), was released last spring. A new book of criticism, Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure (Columbia University Press), will appear late this year. He recently received the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern Poetry from the Sewanee Review and the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction from the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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