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Sleeper, Awake

From "Country of Light" (Copper Canyon Press: 124 pp., $15 )

August 15, 2004|Joseph Stroud

Look --

a web strung from the lamp, moths

entombed in silk, suspended

in air, and nestled against the shade

a spider, eyes glittering

like distant stars --

The Gates

are burning. The City's on fire.

The Body collapses in ash. Neither song,

nor poem, nor any honeycomb of joy,

O Sleeper, shall be your coin

of passage.

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