“Some motionless conflict in the sky...”

By Donald Revell b. 1954 Donald Revell
Some motionless conflict in the sky
As of Milton’s angels painted there
In all their radiance and red malice

It is a special happiness and universal
Simply to know the names of colors
And to see them said

She mixed the colors for house painters
That was Binghamton Rochester Indianapolis
I’ll take less luck if it means less stink she said

A special happiness
When clouds contest with clouds
In fixed flamboyance

Good versus Evil or beautiful cold hair
God loosed angels on us and they are the air

Source: Poetry (June 2009).


This poem originally appeared in the June 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2009
 Donald  Revell


Born in the Bronx, Donald Revell received his PhD at SUNY Buffalo and is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, translations, and essays. His recent books include Tantivy (2012) and the prose work, Essay: A Critical Memoir (2015).Steeped in the work of Henry David Thoreau and William Carlos Williams, Revell’s poetry is “seriously Christian but not doctrinaire, mystical without setting intellect aside, angry over . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Religion, Faith & Doubt, Painting & Sculpture

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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