TITLE: A Certain Slant of Sunlight
AUTHOR: Ted Berrigan
Description: 1988, Poetry, 120 pages.
Berrigans last collection of poems, these were written originally on postcards with drawings by the author; photos of some of the postcards are included. His widow, Alice Notley, has written an introduction in which she characterizes the writing as "a realm of shorter poems, written in a newly freed voice, that drifts among day-book, epigram & lyric, in all literary awareness, describing the feel of a difficult year."
Yea, though I walk
through the Valley of
the Shadow of Death, I
Shall fear no evil
for I am a lot more
A CERTAIN SLANT OF SUNLIGHT
In Africa the wine is cheap, and it is
on St. Marks Place too, beneath a white moon.
Ill go there tomorrow, dark bulk hooded
against what is hurled down at me in my no hat
which is weather : the tall pretty girl in the print dress
under the fur collar of her cloth coat will be standing
by the wire fence where the wild flowers grow not too tall
her eyes will be deep brown and her hair styled 1941 American
will be too; but
Ill be shattered by then
But now Im not and can also picture white clouds
impossibly high in blue sky over small boy heartbroken
to be dressed in black knickers, black coat, white shirt,
buster-brown collar, flowing black bow-tie
her hand lightly fallen on his shoulder, faded sunlight falling
across the picture, mother & son, 33 & 7, First Communion Day, 1941
Ill go out for a drink with one of my demons tonight
they are dry in Colorado 1980 spring snow.
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