The Goddess Who Created This Passing World By Alice Notley

The Goddess who created this passing world
Said Let there be lightbulbs & liquefaction
Life spilled out onto the street, colors whirled
Cars & the variously shod feet were born
And the past & future & I born too   
Light as airmail paper away she flew   
To Annapurna or Mt. McKinley   
Or both but instantly
Clarified, composed, forever was I   
Meant by her to recognize a painting   
As beautiful or a movie stunning   
And to adore the finitude of words   
And understand as surfaces my dreams   
Know the eye the organ of affection   
And depths to be inflections   
Of her voice & wrist & smile

Alice Notley, “The Goddess Who Created This Passing World” from Selected Poems (Talisman House, 1993). Copyright © 1993 by Alice Notley. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: Selected Poems (1993)

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