Winter 1988 • Vol. X No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1988 |

Worlds

          To Leo and Nora Lionni From east of north, above the olives' frost-dead twigs, across Scorpio and its once great star Odysseus sailed by—the Perseids comet shower. In another world you might hear it as a high thin whine echoing the nerves' electric hum. But here its silence accompanies scorpions who hunt along the parapet, slow beasts who know one thing, while the screech owl watches, the size of a leaf in Rousseau's impossible tableau.

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Brian Swann has published a number of books in a number of genres. His forthcoming book, Born in the Blood: On Translating Native American Literature, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press (2011).

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