Summer 1990 • Vol. XII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1990 |

How Morning Comes, out of Sleep

(It comes) surprised on the face of the clock.   Innocent, night-wise.   Fisticuffs and running quit,   turned to repose   supine on my pillow,   sleepchatter stilled. (It comes) out of dream billow, whole mansions docked to my footboard.   My youth and the dead thereof,   the farflung thereof,   distant as jasper shores,   the smell of a pressed rose. Griefs lying tranquil, ache sedated.   Pale day lighting up,   a future stated   in the length   of an intimate mattress,   the four walls   of a room adorned   with shafts of the world   projecting through windows. Singing: I was born! I was born!

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Eleanor Ross Taylor was a writer of poetry, short fiction, and literary criticism. Widow of the noted novelist Peter Taylor (1917–1994), Taylor was associated with a literary circle that included figures such as Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Robert Penn Warren.

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