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Pieces of Air in the Epic by Brenda Hillman

The following is a poem from Pieces of Air in the Epic by Brenda Hillman, to be published in October by Wesleyan University Press.

 

Street Corner

There was an angle

where I went for

centuries not as a

self or feature but

exhaled as a knowing

brick tradesman engineered for

blunt or close recall;

soundly there, meanings grew

past a second terror

finding their way as

evenings, hearing the peppermint

noise of sparrows landing

like spare dreams of

citizens where abstraction and

the real could merge.

We had crossed the

red forest; we had

recognized a weird lodge.

We could have said

song outlasts poetry, words

are breath bricks to

support the guardless singing

project. We could have

meant song outlasts poetry.

 

"Street Corner" from Pieces of Air in the Epic by Brenda Hillman. Copyright (c) 2005 by Brenda Hillman. Reprinted with permission of Wesleyan University Press.

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