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This poem is taken from PN Review 41, Volume 11 Number 3, January - February 1985.

Poems John Peck


The ordinary orb,
sucking size from horizons,
then hardening slowly away,
shrinking to regency,

a long red pointer slanting
down to one queenly lid,
one discreet hand like a latch
across her lip: so much

to see and to say, to govern
unsayingly, dear fortune!

What enters the eye with blood
should leave the mouth with silence.


Auguring come the phantasies of a boy
who though becoming no builder knows transepts

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