Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Seasonal Rights

For whatever reason, we don't see much lately from Daniel Halpern, editor of the much-missed literary journal Antaeus, and of The Ecco Press.

There is something sad about that.

This is from Halpern's Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994):


It is like standing beyond
a snowfield with a single
set of footprints across it
and you say, Those prints are mine
because no one else has ever been here.
All day the snow comes down,
all day you tell yourself what you feel,
but you remain in that place
beyond the snowfield.
Is there better proof
of your presence than
this open field, where you stand
now looking back across the white
expanse that is once more new to you?
As snow fills the places
where you must have walked,
you start back to where you began,
that place you again prepare to leave,
alone and warm, again intact, starting out.


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