Voyages (excerpt), by Hart Crane

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Voyages (excerpt), by Hart Crane, artwork by Ivan Boothe

Day 27 of the 2007 Fun-a-Day project with the Artclash Collective.

Voyages (excerpt)
By Hart Crane

Infinite consanguinity it bears—
This tendered theme of you that light
Retrieves from sea plains where the sky
Resigns a breast that every wave enthrones;
While ribboned water lanes I wind
Are laved and scattered with no stroke
Wide from your side, where to this hour
The sea lifts, also, reliquary hands.

And so, admitted through black swollen gates
That must arrest all distance otherwise,—
Past whirling pillars and lithe pediments,
Light wrestling there incessantly with light,
Star kissing star through wave on wave onto
Your body rocking!
          and where death, if shed,
Presumes no carnage, but this single change,—
Upon the steep floor flung from dawn to dawn
The silken skilled transmemberment of song;

Permit me voyage, love, into your hands...

  • Year Created: 2007
  • Media
    • digital graphics
    • standard paper