PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
Digital Access to PN Review
Access the latest issues, plus back issues of PN Review with Exact Editions For PN Review subscribers: to access the PN Review digital archive via the Exact Editions app Exactly or the Exact Editions website, you will first need to know your PN Review ID number. read more
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing
‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing

(PN Review 236)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Kei MillerIn the Shadow of Derek Walcott
1930–2017

(PN Review 235)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Gratis Ad 2
Next Issue Peter Scupham at 85: a celebration Contributions by Anne Stevenson, Robert Wells, Peter Davidson, Lawrence Sail

This poem is taken from PN Review 224, Volume 41 Number 6, July - August 2015.

‘The Outcast’ and Other Poems David M. Katz
The Outcast

after Borges


Was that a garden there? Was it a dream?
I can’t be sure. Awakening in haze,
I think of Eden as a passing phase,
A faded memory that’s come to seem
The sleight of hand of a Grand Illusionist
Who snatched it from a hat. Yet imprecise
As those occluded sights of paradise
Have now become, I sense they still exist
Outside of me. The unyielding earth’s
Spun round from a blessing to a curse;
It’s time that Cain and Abel had their say.
Nevertheless, it’s something to have loved,
To once have been so happy, to have moved
Within that garden, even for a day.
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image