“Trystesse” by George David Clark

George David Clark


naught of her here
not a knot of her hair
naught from our year
of a little bit more
naught to adore
not a watt of her dare
and not enough air

from Rattle #54, Winter 2016

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George David Clark: “I want a poem to surprise the ear, the eye, and the ego. I want free verse that attends to rhythm phrase by phrase and a meter that bears imagery as supple as its patterning of sound. I want syntax capable of dynamic apposition, nimble subordination, and arresting fragmentation. I want Eliot’s facility with paradox and Wallace Stevens’ lexicon, Dickinson’s insight, and Marianne Moore’s precision. I want to write as though a little tongue of flame warmed the top of my head.” (website)

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