Thursday Night, 7:30, Odum Library Auditorium
East Window, Moon
It shadows the bed with a lattice of light,
this moon whose ridge pole sinks beneath its own weight,
rising slowly, laboriously, late.
I'm in a new house, unfamiliar to my feet,
strange to fingers that touch the walls uncertainly
as I walk through the dark of it at night.
Outside, different trees, different stones on the path.
Closer to death I want to know great faith and great doubt.
What no one taught me, that's what I want to remember,
immersed like Blake, his inner eye
a storehouse for the infinite
flashings the fontanel let in, before it knit the bone door shut.
I have always been alone, and I have never been alone.
What I used to call the self is a windowing of light
in the flood plain of the boundless.
Originally Published in Blackbird vol. 5, no. 1.
Margaret Gibson, five-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, is the author of nine books of poems. Among these, Long Walks in the Afternoon was the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets in 1982, Memories of the Future: The Daybooks of Tina Modotti was co-winner of the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society of America in 1986-87, and The Vigil: A Poem in Four Voices was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1993. She will be reading from these, as well as from her most recent collection, One Body, published this year by Louisiana State University Press. Gibson has also been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and two Pushcart Prizes. She is now professor emeritus at the University of
Connecticut, and a new book, a memoir titled The Prodigal Daughter, is forthcoming from the University of Missouri Press.