Spring 1987 • Vol. IX No. 2 A PoemApril 1, 1987 |

Raphael

I The gallery light left something to be desired.Electric ghosts in clouds and streakstold their moral on the bulletproof glass:the soul will make a mirror of any window.I shifted. It made no difference at all.From where I looked into the constant spaceof your self-portrait, my own faceshot back at me from your burnished eyelike the floating image on a gypsy's ball. Poor Narcissus. If he could have seenyour clear eyes spending lightas if the generous stream where lovers bendto drink each other's imagesran to and from your vision's hidden spring;had Narcissus seen such eyes withinthe silver of the pool, he might have knowna luckier myth and lived it, lovinga face far more beautiful than his own. Just whisper, and I will sound an echoin the bowl of viridian hills around Urbino,in the high-walled gunmetal streets of America.Come live in these matchstick verses,and leave the frail galleries of the worldwhere beauty wore out its welcome long ago.One critic took an axe to the Pie

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Daniel Mark Epstein is a poet and biographer who has published more than twenty books of poetry and nonfiction. His "Sonnets For a Cruel April," provides the text for a short dramatic film with Tyne Daly, Jennifer Van Dyck, and other actors that will be available as a webcast and on Youtube in June 2020

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