Winter 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1994 |

Bernini in Winter: The Seizure

Snowfall at Christmas: windows here below Gala with three-ring glories from above, Their merry-go-rounds and ferris-wheels of snow --Such, I whirl off on vertigoes of love: Breath caught, lip bitten, and wit dispossessed, Joy like angina closing on the heart. A monstrous love! How hurl me to your breast Or reach you even? With hand or any part? How quench a worse-than-blood-does ravening lust? By strewing in town the promos of your praise? Hunched haggard in desert caves? With sermon's dust In rack of pews choked upon holy days? Or rapt, in lassitude, no thought but you, Endure the seizure as loved women do?

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John Frederick Nims was the author of seven books of poetry, along with translations of Euripides, St. John of the Cross, Michaelangelo, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He served as editor of Poetry magazine from 1978-1984 and edited the widely used textbook Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry.

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