Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1998 |


   That as all parts of it agree in their low resistance to flow, so can it be agreed to call it water. To say of water that it floods both forward and back through places difficult to place demands that the ensouled themselves make places for their parts of speech, the predicates arrayed in front of or behind the stated subject-- water, in the case at hand. Water attains to its names because it shows as one thing speech is about. It shows as water. To say no more than that about however broad a sea is plural already, it says there must be something else somewhere, some second thing at least, or why say how the thing shows? Before it can be taken as a thing, as sea, there have to have been readied for it other possible-if-then-denied pronouncements--land, the sky. Possible that somewhere in the midst of waters there could be such things as might be walked on, hornblende and felsite, quartzite, remnant raised beach platforms, shales, a cl

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