Summer 2000 • Vol. XXII No. 3/4 Poetry |

Ca d’Oro

Calm. Meditation. Across the Grand Canal, the open fretwork winkles the noonday sun. Where once the loggias were slipped with gold, the praise of Ruskin fixed the modern line, wringing his brushes on his laundered shirt. Against the hot glass, even the flies recoil. To see the old Ca d'Oro in its plumage, and not the rotted spars of the upper floors, the Gothic stairway ripped out like a molar, the eye must blind the chalky dim republic, spun-sugar battlement and tracery, the pierced facade glaring like broken eggshells, between grace and history nothing but will to power. Beyond the swelter of the Turkish warehouse, palazzi eat their owners like buccelati. A summer squall trembles upon the lagoon, the church's wilted gray, arching in afterlight. The canal boils to the pavement edge; stalled gondolas unlock their skins like peeling larvae. The water goes black; the night rises to hunt. . .

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William Logan’s most recent book of poetry is Rift of Light (Penguin, 2017); his most recent book of criticism, Broken Ground: Poetry and the Demon of History (Columbia University Press, 2021). He teaches at the University of Florida.

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