Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wallace Stevens - Metaphors of a Magnifico

For Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to give thanks for where we’ve been. And therefore, in honor of where we’ve been, here’s one of my favorite poems.


Wallace Stevens
Metaphors of a Magnifico


Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.

This is old song
That will not declare itself . . .

Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are
Twenty men crossing a bridge
Into a village.

That will not declare itself
Yet is certain as meaning . . .

The boots of the men clump
On the boards of the bridge.
The first white wall of the village
Rises through fruit-trees.
Of what was it I was thinking?
So the meaning escapes.

The first white wall of the village . . .
The fruit-trees. . . .

2 Comments:

At 11/24/2007 7:58 PM, Blogger Talia said...

Hey! I just finished my copy of TLR...I especially loved Emily Rosko's poems--good stuff!

 
At 11/26/2007 6:53 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Thanks, we really loved putting this issue together . . . and now I'm hip deep in page proofs for the Winter issue.

Oh well.

 

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