July/Aug 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2019 |

At the Edge of the Forest

I For such a long time we thought all it would take was stretching our arms out to touch the sky and hold the old horizon on a leash for such a long time that the gesture stays in us at the sight of a woman surprised at dawn washing day and night in her tears that nothing is left at last but the shadow to raze once again on love’s current our bodies slumped in the bedroom with the sky like a stocking on the nude parquet. II Love, you would say. I would hear edge of the forest, broom bushes, footbridge. Your eyes resisted. Yet it was only a threshold to cross. Overflow the body and let love be fresh water, not as it is here a lake where fish and drowned men, sky and clouds, lovely promises spin spin. Stay, you would say, and I would see men dying at the gates struggling like blue burst by a storm their panicked arms their Icarus wings.

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Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Names (W.W. Norton 2010), and of ten collections of poetry translated from French. She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 for Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a former editor of The Kenyon Review.

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