Monday, October 15, 2007

Marianne Moore: Voracities and Verities Sometimes are Interacting

___I don't like diamonds;
the emerald's "grass-lamp glow" is better;
_____and unobtrusiveness is dazzling,
_______upon occasion.
_____Some kinds of gratitude are trying.

___Poets, don't make a fuss;
the elephant's "crooked trumpet" "doth write";
_____and to a tiger-book I am reading -
_______I think you know the one -
_____I am under obligation.

_______One may be pardoned, yes I know
_______one may, for love undying.

Moore's footnote:  Tiger-book:  Major James Corbett's 
Man-Eaters of Kumaon

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