The sun that puts its spokes in every
Wheel of manhandle and tree
Derives its path of seashines
(Spiritual centrality) from my
Regard. I sent it
My regards. Some yards
Of lumen from the fabrika
Have come unbolted in the likes
Of it, or maybe
In the likes of me — a long
Unweaving or recarding I
Cannot recall begun — and there
Before my eyes the palm
Puts lashes round the sun.
by Heather McHugh
© Heather McHugh, 2009
Heather McHugh, a 2009 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of thirteen books of poetry, translation, and literary essays, including a Griffin International Poetry Prize translation, as well as Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist volumes. McHugh has taught literature and writing for over three decades, most regularly at the University of Washington in Seattle and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. From 1999 to 2005 she served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2000 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In Upgraded to Serious (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), the book from which ‘Dark View’ comes, McHugh presents a fast-paced, verbally dexterous, and brilliantly humorous book. Utilizing medical terminology to work through loss and detachment, McHugh’s sly rhymes and rhythms talk of love, raised hackles, and much in between. You can read further selections from her new collection at this page.
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