‘Unpacking a Globe’
A Poem by Arthur Sze

From Sight Lines

September 9, 2019  By Arthur Sze
0


I gaze at the Pacific and don’t expect
to ever see the heads on Easter Island,

though I guess at sunlight rippling
the yellow grasses sloping to shore;

yesterday a doe ate grass in the orchard:
it lifted its ears and stopped eating

when it sensed us watching from
a glass hallway—in his sleep, a veteran

sweats, defusing a land mine.
On the globe, I mark the Battle of

the Coral Sea—no one frets at that now.
A poem can never be too dark,

I nod and, staring at the Kenai, hear
ice breaking up along an inlet;

yesterday a coyote trotted across
my headlights and turned his head

but didn’t break stride; that’s how
I want to live on this planet:

alive to a rabbit at a glass door—
and flower where there is no flower

__________________________

Sight Lines

From Sight Lines by Arthur Sze. Published with permission of Copper Canyon Press. 2019.




Arthur Sze
Arthur Sze
Arthur Sze’s tenth book of poetry, Sight Lines, received the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry. His new and collected poems, The Glass Constellation, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in April 2021.








More Story
Here's the opening of Elena Ferrante's next novel. Today, Elena Ferrante's Italian publisher Edizioni E/O announced that her next novel will be in bookstores soon—on November...