Book Three: 19

By Srikanth Reddy Srikanth Reddy
Drawn in outer space
                            on a ceiling of night,
                                                        a hinged balance held true.
 
 
That balance
                            —its mechanisms
                                                        worked into the unknown—
 
 
emerged
                            in the star systems
                                                        which turn in union
 
 
without history
                            as we know it
                                                        on this planet.
 
 
I recognize it
                            to the East
                                                        said I to the West,
 
 
not made,
                            not given,
                                                        over the world.
 
 
Devoted observers,
                            it seems to me
                                                        a just structure.
 
 
John 1:5
                            And my search
                                                        for peace underground
 
 
now come to an end
                            —constraints accepted
                                                        in spirit as well as in letter,
 
 
the line spent,
                            the theatres in abandon—
                                                        I viewed the balances
 
 
more clearly than ever before.

Srikanth Reddy, “Book Three: 19” from Voyager. Copyright © 2011 by Srikanth Reddy. Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: Voyager (University of California Press, 2011)

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Poet Srikanth Reddy

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

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Srikanth Reddy grew up in Chicago. He earned an AB from Harvard College, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in English literature from Harvard University. He is the author of the collection of poems Facts for Visitors (2004).
 
Reddy employs a variety of forms, including syllabics, terza rima, and the prose poem; his poems are collagelike in their variety and inclusiveness. Facts for Visitors was . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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