Plume

By Aaron Shurin b. 1947 Aaron Shurin
Transfixed to the, by the, on the congruities, who is herself a vanishing point coming to closure — dusky flutter — trilling away like a watchdog on drugged sop, channeling her mother and grandmother who’ve engraved on her locket phrases in script: “glide on a blade” and “rustling precedes the shuck.” This is not my teeming fate, my rind, my roiling ellipsis or valedictory spray of myrrh. Always it’s morning, afternoon or evening — the loot of hours — a magic sack grasping vacuum but heavy in the hand, and from which, together, we pull a swarm of telepathic bees, melons beached in a green bin, a lithograph of the city from its crumbling ramparts, crackled pitchers and the mouth of a cave. Perhaps this is my open weave, my phantom rialto or plume of light. We bow to each other in the mash of flickering things. We are completely surrounded.

Aaron Shurin, “Plume” from Citizen. Copyright © 2012 by Aaron Shurin. Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Source: Citizen (City Lights Books, 2012)

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Poet Aaron Shurin b. 1947

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

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Poet and essayist Aaron Shurin was born in Manhattan and grew up there, in eastern Texas, and in Los Angeles. He earned a BA at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with poet Denise Levertov, and an MA in poetics at the New College of California. Influenced by Robert Duncan and Frank O’Hara, Shurin composes lyric poems that explore themes of sexuality and loss. 

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Prose Poem

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