To bleach away the magic
from man and nature
is to turn clay into stone,
yet even the pressure of death
turning life black as coal
can bring forth light.
Then too, given time,
the philosopher’s stone man appear and
under gifted hand and finest tools
the clay shall then have the magic
to break the light into colors,
and form the colors into a light
that shall drive back the shadows
and draw out the truth from the darkness.
published in American Collegiate Poets, Spring, 1979.
Just a quick comment of “Vanity Presses”. I imagine this does sort of count as a publication, it is in my portfolio towards the back. I do not think of it as a particularly good poem, but it is gathering dust on some library shelf someplace and will never see the light of day again. The company that published it, International Publications, out of LA, CA expects to make money off of people buying this volume to give to friends and relatives, that sort of thing. I doubt that anybody else in the academic or literary community has ever seen it. This is not a publication that is going to get a writer any exposure.