Spring 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1999 |

Shock Waves

Sunflower seeds, stone walls, eyes in hiding, phantasmagoria of the sighted world: I wear white dunes in my eardrums and it is no world I hear, not even a muffled last lost echo of it. When the chambers open and shut, shaking the walls, the boat of words will rise on these shock waves, rise and fall, I feel it, but hear not a syllable of the slipslapslop of agitated ocean across the bow, nor the long telegraph of blue notes the huge underwater heart-stoppers use to wreak erotic havoc, each to each, not the least beat of it gets in here where the green bent of birch branches and the frantic signing of hemlock to cottonwood point peremptory directions. Be, they sign me, then Be other. I read the world they offer, am no wiser. Now, in that long viduity of aura, even breathing—the heavy spondees of it measuring the night—disappears, becomes another nothing in the world, although the soundless heart, celled in a space of hush like honeybees sleeping, still

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Eamon Grennan has published numerous volumes of poetry including There Now (2016); Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010); Matter of Fact (2008); Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998); and others.

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