Summer 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2006 |

The Burning of Madrid as Seen from the Terrace of My House

(Juan Muñoz, sculptor, 1953-2001) Sometime later or maybe just before, I mentioned I'd been reading on the busthat very morning while returning from the Nymphenberg… though now that I consider it I think             (The Prompterit must have been a tram or else               1989) I'd caught a glimpse of the rails, something odd about the stop… yesit must have been a tram. I mentioned that the architect, having come to court at the age of eleven, had been taught—the Elector of Bavaria had seen that he'd been taught—mathematics, engineering,and (later in Paris) the art of rococo,though I hadn't yet learned about the books: paneling, wrought-iron work, the problematic ceilings, chairs.Fifty-five volumes in eighteen years… I happened at about that time to mention that the architect—he'd cometo court on the strength of it as they did sometimes-had also been a dwarf… ❦❦❦

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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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