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Dia Art Foundation

Exhibition Detail
Readings in Contemporary Poetry
535–545 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

February 23rd, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Anne Waldman and Lee Ann Brown, Anne Waldman and Lee Ann Brown
© Courtesy of Dia Art Foundation

Anne Waldman

Lee Ann Brown


Acoustic winter

If the year ends a plural spiral
Make it be so what a year is
If the winter begins again here
In the longest darkest place
Of the shortest bluest day
We play the stillness deep
Into the night song beside
All our sleeping family breath

Of the five friends I am holding
Who will last the winter
In their earthly spiral
In their spring trajectory
Move to lovely summer
One more lovely summer
Or further time to foil
Days whirl into nights

I move to see my parents
The ones who have born
Me out have born me up
I move to be with my sister
And her local love her ones
I move to join the circle
I am already in my kith

Acoustic winter sings a summer
A way to stay awake as the light
Brings back its basket its halo
Its wreath of line and berries
Pine hurries to the wind again
Night is here at its most clear
Sound across the zones a weave
I sing this song again for winter

May Venus never sever
Her move across the sun
To come upon the next
Transit the next music
In time to finger to find
The new way to unwind
Skeins of sound in mind

—Lee Ann Brown

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