Shadow Boxing in Canada

Thought
Permeates "singing thought"1
As air fills a city:

The "non-intellectual,
Anti-decorative";1
The coffee in a teacup,
The "art of the mental...
[In the] context of
The physical."2

A fish hook
Stabs a trout;
A series of tugs,
A flash of silver
Above the blue lake--
A chain reaction:
Images fathering images--

Lateral discovery,
Gut feelings,
Even logic;

Mathematical meat cleavers
And clams that play accordions3
Become a symphony
Of birth,
A kettle of "elusive...
Shadowy thoughts"4
Poured into clear tumblers
To study.


1 Robert Graves
2 Marvin Bell
3 Wallace Stevens
4 Ted Hughes


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