Sagaponack Notebook

By William Benton

—For Jim and Kay

 

 

Leaves in the wind

rehearse alternatives.

 

Wind in the leaves.

 

 

*

 

 

The permission seems

innocent of limits, composed

of proportion.

 

Blond weeds

edge the pond. The same page

every day.

 

Which is all there is

I decide,

 

decisions.

 

 

*

 

 

Saga.

 

The voices of geese

travel.

 

 

*

 

 

East is east.

East diseased.

East deceased.

 

*

 

 

Tassels soft as mops

the tops of cane

 

flare and go out

in the low sun, which drops

behind a mansion

 

of someone’s.

 

 

*

 

 

Let me count the waves.

 

 

*

 

 

Long

 

I’m on that

island

 

I do.

 

___

William Benton received his early training in music, and worked as a jazz musician before becoming a writer.  He is the author of several books of poetry, including Marmalade, Normal Meanings, Eye La View, Birds, and The Bell Poems.  His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Open City, and other magazines.  He is also the author of Exchanging Hats, a book on the paintings of Elizabeth Bishop, and a novel, Madly.  He lives in New York City.


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