The unrippled stillness of varnish. The spells
of certain pigments. The copper of copper.
The bronze of bronze. The colorlessness
of silver. The cold, hard materiality
of Corinthian brass, relinquishing the name
to an airy secret. The tensile strength of nets.
The lattice weave of papyrus. The body
of Sappho, loosed for good. The body of Whitman,
rendered. (The body of Keats is the devil’s cut.)
The runner’s knees. The drummer’s hearing.
Th’ expense of spirit. The Buddha in the road.
Wisdom. Teeth. Appendices. Innumerable piano strings.
The color of bruises. The color under scars.
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