The sun that puts its spokes in everyWheel of manhandle and tree
Derives its path of seashines(Spiritual centrality) from my
Regard. I sent itMy regards. Some yards
Of lumen from the fabrikaHave come unbolted in the likes
Of it, or maybeIn the likes of me — a long
Unweaving or recarding ICannot recall begun — and there
Before my eyes the palmPuts lashes round the sun.
by Heather McHugh
© Heather McHugh, 2009
Heather McHugh, a 2009 MacArthur Fellow, is the
author of thirteen books of poetry, translation, and literary essays,
including a Griffin International Poetry Prize translation, as well as
Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist volumes. McHugh has taught
literature and writing for over three decades, most regularly at the
University of Washington in Seattle and in the M.F.A. Program for
Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. From 1999 to 2005
she served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2000
she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In Upgraded to Serious (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), the
book from which 'Dark View' comes, McHugh presents a fast-paced,
verbally dexterous, and brilliantly humorous book. Utilizing medical
terminology to work through loss and detachment, McHugh’s sly rhymes and
rhythms talk of love, raised hackles, and much in between. You can read
further selections from her new collection at this page.
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