Spring 1990 • Vol. XII No. 2 April 1, 1990 |

Delft: An Essay-Poem

No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it. HERMAN MELVILLE He cometh unto his kingdom now. Yea, he cometh unto the greased posed-open body of his beloved, Cornelia nee Swalmius, where she beckons from the alcove-bed, beneath the turkish rug flung coverlet-like for extra warmth, she of the variegated fleshy plains and amphitheatrical vastness, toe-nook, ear-maze, sweet crease under the arm, where tassel-bodied bacterial Creation loop-de-loops and only he of all gigantic unknowing humankind has witnessed its aswimming, dividing wonders. Call him Leeuwenhoek. For the spit or the snot below his exemplary lenses is a living turkish rug, is a paisley of armies and harem houris, brigands, flagellating pilgrims, hosts and hordes, upon their skimpily cellular business. Say it LAY-wen-hook: with his pseudopods and gastropods and all the other podners in the enterprise of being alive at any glimmering instance on this p

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Albert Goldbarth has been publishing collections of poetry for over four decades, two of which two have received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest, Selfish, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2015. He tests his patience by living in Wichita, Kansas.

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No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it. HERMAN MELVILLE He cometh unto his kingdom now. Yea, he […]

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