Poetry March 2013

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Such galactic dips of abstraction—
sumptuous celestial laced
within the figuring oils themselves,
so blued rick-rack of Victorian stick
style will plume bright white as it
mirrors a lighthouse in swelled
orthogonal swells of light: electric
cobalt steel blue rimming the
windows, then chiseling a chimney
much as atoms pack and hive
into the shape; thus abstraction
shores up ground, lends it (flying
buttress) supreme weight.

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Christina Pugh’s new collection, Grains of the Voice, will be published this spring. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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