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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 1, March 2016


Gary LeBel
Cumming, Georgia, USA

Three In Memoriam

I. Sleep (Milton Avery, painter)

With tangerine leaves the young maple stands sheltered within a grove of pines along the sheer slope. For the luminous sky, it turns its autumn lamp up highest. Like Milton Avery's Fall,

beneath the oils thinly brushed
you can hear its slowing heartbeat
as the tree reposes
and gaze through orange eyes
that one-by-one it closes.

II. Pitcher (Juan Ramón Jiménez, poeta)

Here in the mountains I think of him, la poeta in love with living, a pitcher left standing beneath a falling stream whose overflow combs the plush green hair of its banks, a wilderness kneeling to blow a note across its rim.

III. Tool Shed (CP Cavafy, ποιητής)

What escapes from the mouth can't be changed or taken back. Your tool of knowledge is language, because its boundaries establish the possibilities of the world.

—Rampuri, Autobiography of a Sadhu

To write directly of things rather than with the mallet of metaphor, the sledge of simile: Cavafy wrote extraordinarily without either. All the Alexandrian had in his tool shed at 10 Lepsius Street was a quill and paper, a lamp, a love of history, a keen intellect, memories. . . and a thousand years of longing.

Wearing only
the rags of the six directions
beneath his breastplate,
Timoleon had set to rights
that which now oppresses



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