Tuesday, March 10, 2009

T. R. Hummer's poem, "Argument from Design"

Linebreak posts some of the most beautiful poems. I particulalry enjoy this one:

Argument from Design

The failing kidney is a portal — the leaky
heart valve, the clot, the lesion in the brain:
All doors unlocking themselves. Likewise
outside the body: the razorblade,
The bottle of barbiturates, the utility pole
beside the curve in the icy highway,
The rifle over the mantelpiece (it must
go off). He understands the radio
On the shelf by the bath in particular
as a crystal hatchway, hermetically unsealing,
Leading, after a prelude of unspectacular
fireworks, to a region beyond
The invention of the hinge and the hasp,
where jamb and lintel are less
Than ugly rumors, and nobody has
a key to worry over, wear out,
Misplace, twist off, or jangle obsessively.

-- T.R. Hummer

Head to the website if you want to hear a recording of the poem!

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