Light Sleeper

A new poem by Richard Deming

October 18, 2017  By Richard Deming

Light Sleeper


And to say with one breath
everything is (isn’t it) possible is
to give into an optimism hard not
to be suspicious of. Yet, people
like that sort of thing. Needful things
pile in the corner. They begin to sway. On a rainy,
humid night, the air thickened
with salt, and, vaguely, burning
leaves, my hand curves across
her spine. She sleeps. I will sleep.
I’ll wish that description could become
promise. That would do.
This small house stands by the ocean.
No one will come to visit.
The moon, when it comes, faces elsewhere.

Richard Deming
Richard Deming
Richard Deming is a poet, art critic, and theorist whose work explores the intersections of poetry, philosophy, and visual culture. His collection of poems, Let’s Not Call It Consequence, received the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book of poems, Day for Night, appeared in 2016. He is also the author of Listening on All Sides, and Art of the Ordinary. He contributes to such magazines as Artforum, Sight & Sound, and The Boston Review, and his poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Field, American Letters & Commentary, and The Nation. Winner of the Berlin Prize, he was the Spring 2012 John P. Birkelund Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Yale University where he is the Director of Creative Writing.

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