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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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age of earth and us all chattering

a sentence   or character
suddenly

steps out to seek for truth   fails 
falls

into a stream of ink   Sequence 
trails off

must go on

waving fables and faces   War 
doings of the war

manoeuvering between points 
between

any two points     which is 
what we want   (
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For here we are here
BEDHANGINGS
daylight does not reach 
Vast depth on the wall
Neophyte

Alapeen Paper Patch Muslin
Calico Camlet Dimity Fustian
Serge linsey-woolsey say

A wainscot bedsten & Curtans
& vallains & iron Rodds
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