Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Melvin B. Tolson 1898–1966: Delta (excerpt)

is not barrel copper easily separated
from the matrix;
it is not fresh tissues
—for microscopic study—
one may fix;
unique as the white tiger’s
pink paws and blue eyes,
leaves her lover as a Komitas
deciphering intricate Armenian neums,

with a wild surmise.

Melvin Tolson, "Delta" from Harlem Gallery and Other Poems of Melvin B. Tolson (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1999)

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