The Poet's Mirror by Lloyd Jacobs
The Poet’s Mirror I
Spirits assail under cover of dark
to suborn the poet’s ink
how close are prayer and poetizing
wrestling the ineffable
the half-finished poem is a blind man feeling
his way on a dark night
or a lover groping with passionate hands
toward his consort’s bed
how the autonomous words
blow where they list
the bell of the Sorbonne, the guttered candle
the frozen inkpot
warn against the Promethean stroke
which re-orders the world
The Poet’s Mirror II
The poet indites his hope
in evanescent tracery
of loneliness, love and loss;
concupiscence and copulation
synecdoche for life itself.
Lloyd Jacobs is a former surgeon and university president, now writing daily. His poetry has been published in The Wallace Stevens Journal and The Main Street Rag as well as by other small magazines.
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