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Dia Art Foundation

Exhibition Detail
Readings in Contemporary Poetry
535 W. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011


February 11th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Susan Howe and Kate Colby, Susan Howe and Kate Colby
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Susan Howe

 

Kate Colby

Through the Moonlight
(from Return of the Native)

Let us always be about
to be leaving
one another for the evening

uncurl my fingers and kiss
the center of my palm

feel the chemistry

I bleed so you can
see yourself in it.

Slowly rowing
through water
lilies, a lady
reclined at the en
d of a better century

begging you, please
don’t rain on my tracing paper.
Living in cities,
architectural moments
when you become the space
that the body contains
—feel the physics—
and shrink with me
under my para-
pluie of bent tines.

I’d like to be the hairdryer
trained on the pipes
in the freezing ceiling of your cellar

to go ahead and sell the substance
even if the shadow isn’t budging.

Sluggish bees in late season
suckle empty soda cans.


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