Poetry March 2013

Material

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.

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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