Fall 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 4 Poetry |

Homage to Syntax

Here: the gates of the city. Here: a new theory of explanation, a new exemplar, a new contingency, a new barbarism, bracketed and implicit. Glyph: rose or lion. Glyph: the burning bush. Here: a new form of musical notation, new grams, new ounces so we function more efficiently, a new genealogy, a new modernity. Glyph: moon and meadow, wind through the beaded curtain of her hair. Here: phlox and timothy. Here: another new contingency, a flower, a new probity, a new reason. Glyph: the martyr, the stick figure. Here: a new uncertainty, a new littoral, a community of ruins, an unreadable nobility, a new dream state. Here: the unspoken. Here: notes on the unspoken. Glyph: fragmentation, chance and excess, unsettlement, a gaze, a moderate dependency. Here: a new usuality, a new haze, a new phobia, a plea for erasure, an ethics of stimulus. Glyph: logos, the hyena, rebirth, the salvific. Here: a new catastrophe, a new poetics of disaster, a newly authenticat

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Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012). A resident of Miami, he teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University.

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Here: the gates of the city. Here: a new theory of explanation, a new exemplar, a new contingency, a new barbarism, bracketed and implicit. Glyph: rose or lion. Glyph: the […]

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