Statueless Architecture

By Brenda Hillman b. 1951 Brenda Hillman
I passed through nature
 
into the next. Children
 
running in unsupervised shadows.
 
Last century’s fountains learning
 
not to lie. Risk
 
to identify with only
 
one element since one
 
will die but in
 
the summer air around
 
each thought, something is
 
built and avoided. You
 
go through an arch
 
and aren’t the arch,
 
just infinity of form,
 
curve’s curve of becoming,
 
a phrase tracking it
 
to future’s celadon relief.
 
As others dressed as
 
others we were supposed
 
to meet. Citizens walked
 
here without disappointment, seeing
 
no statue or palace
 
with eleven axes, patient
 
in the mindless heat—

Brenda Hillman, “Statueless Architecture” from Pieces of Air in the Epic. Copyright © 2005 by Brenda Hillman. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Pieces of Air in the Epic (Wesleyan University Press, 2005)

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Poet Brenda Hillman b. 1951

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Nature, Summer, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

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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, Nature, Summer, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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