Winter 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1997 |

Nocturnal Reel

Denouncing or affirming, their vision fed on the distance between promise and fact. SACVAN BERCOVITCH, The American Jeremiad 1. She saw that setting was everything she could know, but that its cause was stupendous and wretched. Everything required her gaze, as if that alone could repair it as it meted out sameness and definition. Across the evening a man on a bicycle poured by and this seemed an emblem of time racing—the acute thing manifest and then gone, like a brute song in an unknown language, summoning all to drill. A residual tune kept playing until it fell into a compost of notes moldering in the fields, taken up here and there by the morning's drifting gleam, as if caught on nettle, the bright noise of the birds, dull flit of petals fallen on blue stone. And whatever constellations thus begun, freestanding in occupied territory—25,000 objects made by craftsmen, admission free, soil peeled away like old skin—all this changed, exchanged into th

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