Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stephen Dunn

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From New and Selected Poems 1974-1994.

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  1. Salvation

    Stephen Dunn

    Finally, I gave up on obeisance,
    and refused to welcome
    either retribution or the tease

    of sunny days. As for the can’t-be-
    seen, the sum-of-all-details,
    the One—oh, when it came

    to salvation I was only sure
    I needed to be spared
    someone else’s version of it.

    The small prayers I devised
    had in them the hard sounds
    of split and frost.

    I wanted them to speak
    as if it made sense to speak
    to what isn’t there

    in the beaconless dark.
    I wanted them to startle
    by how little they asked.