Bruce Smith is the author of numerous books of poems including Devotions (University of Chicago, 2011). He teaches at Syracuse University.
Untitled [I closed the book and changed my life]
I closed the book and changed my life and changed my life and changed my life and one more change and I was back here looking up at a blue sky with russets and the World was hypnotic but it wasn't great. I wanted more range, maybe, more bliss, I didn't know about bliss. Is bliss just a rant about the size of the bowl? The trance was the true thing, no, the rant, no, the sky, now, that icy whiteness.
Copyright © 2012 by Bruce Smith. Used with permission of the author.