Monday, June 13, 2016

Primordial Stone

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

"The poem on its own is negligible,
instructing a human 'intelligence /
So late dredged up' to master
the primordial stone,
which 'may have contempt /
For too-familiar hands.' 
The stone is language,
the diamond is a poem:
as in a model kit,
all the pieces come labelled
and the instructions are easy to follow."

Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker ,
issue dated June 20, 2016, on a
1955 Adrienne Rich poem,
"The Diamond Cutters"

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