January 2011

Elegy

a new poem

by Ben Lerner
Hey, what’s the deal with lime and basswood
Are they the same tree, I ask because
Late in the form, I wanted to address you

Against a stand of ornamentals, pale
Yellow flowers, hermaphrodite, in cymes
Of three to ten, typically late summer

When the sun moves through fixed signs
I brush the dead skin from my shoulders
And write a long poem after Schuyler

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Ben Lerner’s books are The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path, all published by Copper Canyon Press. He edits poetry for Critical Quarterly and teaches at Brooklyn College.

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