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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, July 7, 2017.
About this Poem 

“The title ‘Periscope’ is a nod to Paul Thek’s oil on canvas with artist’s frame and picture light. The ‘Foreword’ of my new book Debths includes an entry from one of his notebooks: ‘Secret Paintings / the object of which is not / to be seen // He made a secret out / of what no one / wanted anyway.’”
—Susan Howe

from “Periscope”

If you remember cosmology

there is nothing to stop time

running all the way to zero

 

Lying up or even lying down

I will just wiggle my hand to

remind you I was timorous
 

Copyright © 2017 by Wayne Miller. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 7, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Wayne Miller. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 7, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Susan Howe

Susan Howe

Susan Howe is the author of several poetry collections, including Debths (New Directions, 2017). She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2006.

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A work of art is a world of signs, at least to the poet’s nursery
bookshelf sheltered behind the artist’s ear. I recall each little
motto howling its ins and outs to those of us who might as
well be on the moon illu illu illu

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