Thinking of Ted Berrigan on the Day of First Snow [poem] by Stephen Kuusisto

For my sins I lived in Iowa City & my heart was dark as poetry itself—
My little heart my raven my common bird of dispositions
Joyful that God is no God to the hearts, birds, poems. The nest box
Of hearts, birds, poems sways up in the ash tree.
The hearts, birds, poems make a place in all weather.
See Picasso: A person, an object, a circle
Are all “figures”; they react on us more or less intensely

Ted, no gods but walking lightly with tiny silver bells today…

 

 

Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

[Refer: This poem put the editors in mind of the poem “Winter Lover” by Vincent Tomeo.]

Image by Chris Fournier

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges.