Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Evening -

Today was a full day.   Chris had ridden over yesterday from the East Bay on a jet ski, so we went down to the marina in Sausalito for coffee and a croissant.  I then journeyed over to the East Bay by car for brunch with my book group, and came back to Sausalito for the second Annual Marin Poetry Festival, which was five hours of poetry and music at the Bay Model on the grass by the bay.   Kay Ryan, our national poet laureate, read last.  She is a local poet, so I have enjoyed hearing her read before and she was in top form today.  Here is one poem I particularly enjoyed hearing her read today.  She read each poem twice, saying it is important to hear and read each poem twice, that it is how we read the New Yorker.  We read through once to see what is there, and then, read through a second time to really get what is said.   Enjoy!!

Star Block

There is no such thing
as star block.
We do not think of
locking out the light
of other galaxies.
It is light
so rinsed of impurities
(heat, for instance)
that it excites
no antibodies in us.
Yet people are
curiously soluble
in starlight.
Bathed in its
absence of insistence
their substance
loosens willingly,
their bright
designs dissolve.
Not proximity
but distance
burns us with love.

- Kay Ryan


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