What about the times when the intimate other remains opaque to the desiring subject?
What about the shadows this time of day?
The tea mug’s, say, torqued oblong by the angle
of the sun, selling the solidity
of this round glass-topped table
to one red patio stone, grit-surfaced.
The shadow of one rusting iron chair,
its cushionless seat pie-crust-latticed.
The table legs’ distorted curvature.
What about the shadow of the outline
of the tabletop, its circumference
proof of its presence, by implication?
What about the tabletop itself? Glass
casts a shadow, too, gives itself to view
as darkness despite the light passing through.
has published eleven poetry collections, including the 2014 As Much As, If Not More (2014). His prose works include As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry (2002) and Lines of Inquiry (2011). He has co-translated the work of Estonian poets and edited several anthologies, including Wild & Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (2004), New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States (2008) and Made Priceless: A Few Things Money Can’t Buy (2012).