Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2014 |

Heliotrope

(Olivier Theatre, South Bank) I was his favorite, simply that.       And you can see for yourself why it might have been so:       the lushest, least likely to weary the eyes of all       the serried wavelengths. Never obvious.       My bit of the spectrum unstable somehow,       in a way that kept bringing him back. Search       image on your browser and you'll see       what I mean. I've never had the advantage of       sculptural beauty, as the lily has, I haven't       been able to boast that stricture of line. That making no-      mistakes. God knows I've wished for it, beggars       can dream. But no. Some neither-this-nor-      that turns out to be my sphere. Some manyness rather       than singular perfection. Which I like to think       he thought about.

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Linda Gregerson’s most recent book, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

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