Shutters VII


The seventh of a series of twelve. Originally published in the anthology Terra Firma.

Shutters VII

Wherein the glass changes hands and becomes
framed, failing, without reference
to resolve the internal process:

solid to liquid, the uncertain union
rendered in the idiom of
illumination, one’s transparent shade responding

to light, another’s subsumed, joined in
the essential plight of taste and
taster, preceding the other, but lost, alone.

From eye to lip, the inevitable differs.


26 thoughts on “Shutters VII

    • Thank you. I first stumbled upon Paul Auster’s work in 1985 or ’86, in City Lights Books in San Francisco. Bought everything they had, including the New York trilogy. It was a wonderful excursion. Haven’t read his poetry in years. Will have to return to it, now that you’ve reminded me.


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