Shadowgraph 62: There Must Be a Door

(Poetry Detected in Chen Ning Yang’s Nobel Physics Lecture, 1957)

atoms –
united
states

*

straw –
strong
man

*

law –
the door
in the field

*

‘elegant’ –
the beautifully
damned

*

‘world history’ –
an occident wait-
ing to happen

*

love –
energy
carried away

*

asymmetry –
heart-
breaking

*

captured –
castled
king

*

‘courage & skill’? –
violating the
weak

x

journey’s-end –
the pacific
light

Sean Howard is the author of Local Calls (Cape Breton University Press, 2009) and Incitements (Gaspereau Press, 2011). His poetry has been widely published in Canada and elsewhere, and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2011 & 2014).

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