Maxine Chernoff



Self-Reliance

"Every heart vibrates to that iron string."


Our purpose

           its claims

     door-post whim

                   college of fools

to scatter

your force

                prison-uniform

decreed

            by nature

which you

           step in

as into water

            by leaving

theory

          and reading

backwards

          you become

                  without parallax

poise and orbit

        a docile one

 

(from The Portable Emerson)

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