By Edward Butscher

The morning struggle to focus

a mind’s transparent eyeball

after eluding (yet again)

the death one cannot conceive of

when alive is the crutch distance

that compensates us with art

enough to transcend dark matter.


Jewish construer of a Christian

universe, born blind in Gaza’s

unchained eternity, Einstein was

compelled by vulture-hearted

legions to flee Viennese circles

for suburban-square New Jersey,

there to see his fierce desert god

collapsing in quantum laughter.



Edward Butscher is the author of first biographies of Sylvia Plath and Conrad Aiken, as well as shorter books on Adelaide Crapsey and Peter Wild, much criticism, and several books of poems, most recently, Eros Descending.

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