Anne Carson


First line has to make your brain race that’s how Homer does it,
that how Frank O’Hara does it, why
at such a pace
slam through the house—there goes one (fainting) up the rungs
of your strange BULLFIGHT, buttered
almost in a nearness
to a skyblue
Thy pang—Pollock yourself!
Just to hang on to life is why

— from Decreation