May 16, 2003

A Partial List of Beautiful Things
- Nature
- 20th century papal encyclicals
- Seamus Heaney poetry
- TC Boyle’s words on the big brow of a page...would that I could write like him


Of Boyle

He of the affectatious “TC”
-it takes one to know one
Ploughs the widening page
Deep-furrowed furloughs
For readers all;
Planting morphemes sundry
To be recovered by uncoverers
And de-cryptologists.

Books like easy chairs
Scent of the ink, the big-margined
fatted calf-covered volumes of leisure
Bays of words abut the crevice
Falling, falling off the cliff into absorption
Characters too keenly felt.

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