art by Arlene Kim Suda

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week 29: a name for all

Posted on July 22, 2012 by aks

Moonmoth and grasshopper that flee our page
And still wing on, untarnished of the name
We pinion to your bodies to assuage
Our envy of your freedom—we must maim

Because we are usurpers, and chagrined—
And take the wing and scar it in the hand.
Names we have, even, to clap on the wind;
But we must die, as you, to understand.

I dreamed that all men dropped their names, and sang
As only they can praise, who build their days
With fin and hoof, with wing and sweetened fang
Struck free and holy in one Name always.

– Hart Crane

I am following a reference to Hart Crane from a Jasper Johns work (Diver, 1962-3) to this poem. Love the word ‘moonmoth’ for some reason – the way it looks when written and sounds and how it is so clumsy to say out loud…and then this poem is such a beautiful discovery.

moonmoth series, pencil, pen & gouache on paper, 4 sheets of 10 x 10 inches


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