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The Round World

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nature’s inside, says Cézanne and
frightening
I do not like the fleshy
echo
 
 
even so, it is
 
 
after this close proof
vision is made
of matter
 
 
another mirror
 
 
it’s possible
the eye knows
even where there should have been a lake
 
 
this optic an illusion
look
at the cat, his changing
shapes
a habit
 
 
light
color
composition
 
 
the subject more than meets the
situation, always
looking
at our own eye


Rosmarie Waldrop, "The Round World" from Another Language: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1997 by Rosmarie Waldrop.  Reprinted by permission of Rosmarie Waldrop.
Source: Another Language: Selected Poems (Talisman House Publishers, 1997)
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