Monday, January 12, 2009

Aimless Reading: The B's, Part 15 (Bill Berkson)


Enigma Variations
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Berkson, Bill
Enigma Variations


Purchased several year ago at the Strand -- and a lucky find! Illustrated by Philip Guston, signed by Berkson, inscribed by Guston. 

Inscription reads: 

For Hal, 
Philip--

Here's a poem:

ELECTION DAY FOG

the perfect roundness (halo?)

and density of lights

coming from behind

as I walk up hill

heading towards the house

where warmth may freely spread

its muted grace-notes

like pork chops

cooking

it's been a short day

just the right number

of decisions

two

"everything else

has everything else"

say the light

of another stripe

it looks like

that one is going

up in smoke

meanwhile

the past is calling

it all comes back

more or less amusing

like the anatomy of melancholy

a studied look

into the not-too-distant

winning

flame

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