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This poem is taken from PN Review 124, Volume 25 Number 2, November - December 1998.

Seven Poems Patrick Mackie

Night Train

The paucity of conversation - and of essays and theories,
and truths for that matter - as against this intensity

no one has intended - a dark bloom on the desperate enterprises,
the felicities of moonlight against the smears on the windows.


An Emotion Constitutes a Magical Transformation of the World

A deepening ensues - like the feeling of watching
the chiaroscuro being added to a charcoal portrait of yourself

after you've finished posing. You can do nothing now but witness
the accretion of shades - the plush layering - a revelation by smudging.


A Parable

This poor old earth - but see, a little rain, a little
sun, and everything is green again. This means that
when you finally get round to braving the flecked, sparkly
streets, the sensations that await you will be abundant,

perhaps excessively so. It's a law of physics, that is, that each
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