Franciscan Complex

By Brenda Hillman b. 1951 Brenda Hillman
Each day the job gets up
And rubs its eyes
 
We are going to live on in dry amazement
 
Workers push the granite bed under the avenue
 
Bed of the married
The re-          the pre-married
 
Making a form as forms become infinite
 
The scrapings       scraping
 
Graywhacke    chert
 
People wait for their bumpy little pizzas
Theories of theories in gravity voices
 
Melpomene goddess of tragedy bathes
 
Mostly the bride never the bridesmaid
 
Angel food in whole foods
 
Consider Tanguy whose lunar responses to childhood
Made everything a horizon
 
Those walking upside down don’t know what to think
 
The finch engineering itself to deep spring
 
Or you        life       tired of being cured
 
How many layers
Of giving up are there
 
One of it
 
Two of everything in the arc you save

Brenda Hillman, “Franciscan Complex” from Cascadia. Copyright © 2001 by Brenda Hillman. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Cascadia (Wesleyan University Press, 2001)

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Poet Brenda Hillman b. 1951

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Jobs & Working, Relationships, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Painting & Sculpture, Social Commentaries

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 Brenda  Hillman

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One of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers, Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document, personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. Often described as “sensuous” and “luminescent,” Hillman’s poetry investigates and pushes at the possibilities of form and voice, while remaining grounded in topics such as geology, the environment, politics, family, . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Jobs & Working, Relationships, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Painting & Sculpture, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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