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Poems by Thomas Kinsella
Night Songs
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Drowsing over The Arabian Nights

 
by Thomas Kinsella

I nodded. The books agree,
one hopes for too much.
It is ridiculous.
We are elaborate beasts.

If we concur it is only
in our hunger: the soiled gullet.
And sleep’s airy nothing.
And the moist matter of lust

—if the whole waste of women
could be gathered like one pit
under swarming Man,
then all might act together.

And the agonies of death,
as we enter our endless nights
quickly, one by one, fire
darting up to the roots of our hair.







From Collected Poems, copyright © 2006 by Thomas Kinsella. Reprinted by permission of Wake Forest University Press.
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