Song for Connie

By Bill Berkson b. 1939 Bill Berkson
The sun met the moon at the corner
           noon in thin air
 
Commotion you later
           choose to notice
 
Love shapes the heart
           that once was pieces
 
You take in hand
           the heart in mind
 
Your fate’s consistent
           alongside mine
 
Unless a mess
           your best guess
 
That is right, thanks, the intimate
           fact that you elect it
 
At corners, dressed or naked, with lips taste        
           full body, time thick or thin, fixated
 
Love, take heart
           as heart takes shape
 
And recognition
           ceases to be obscure
 
One line down the center
           another flying outward enters

Bill Berkson, "Song for Connie" from Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2009 by Bill Berkson.  Reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press.

Source: Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009)

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Poet Bill Berkson b. 1939

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Time & Brevity, Love, Realistic & Complicated, Romantic Love

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 Bill  Berkson

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Born in New York in 1939, Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties. He is professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, where, between 1984 and 2008, he taught art history, art writing and poetry; Berkson also served as interim dean in 1992 and directed the Letters and Science and public lectures programs. He studied at . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Time & Brevity, Love, Realistic & Complicated, Romantic Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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