Spring 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 Poetry |

A Visit to West Point

Butterflies in dark caves, dervishes in the desert— It's easier to believe in them now that I'm witnessing, Here in a fortress classroom, English majors in uniform Giving their full attention to Cadet Fuscaro As he offers a PowerPoint presentation On stream of consciousness in Virginia Woolf. English majors soon to be off to classes On protecting supply lines and surprising the enemy Are struggling for a moment with the question how much Woolf was changed by allowing the shifting moods Of her characters to circulate through her, The standard maneuver of thought, its bold advance To attack a problem, suspended. Will a class like this one inspire Cadet Fuscaro, Stationed one day far from the Hudson, To let his imagination flow into hostile towns And feel what the sister of a militia member feels When she wonders how a war will help her people? Not likely, but not impossible, Especially if this summer, home for vacation, He tries his hand at a novel that goes W

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Carl Dennis has published numerous books of poetry, including House of My Own (1974), The Outskirts of Troy (1988), Meetings with Time (1992), Practical Gods (2001), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and Callings (2010).

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