Monnara, from a new series
We live in a constellation
Of patches and of pitches,
Not in a single world,
In things said well in music,
On the piano and in speech,
As in the page of poetry-
Thinkers without final thoughts
In an always incipient cosmos.
The way, when we climb a mountain,
Vermont throws itself together.
This poem was written during Wallace Stevens‘ last year of life. It is a late-in-life poem, full of provisional feelings and a stoic acceptance of what is unknown and unknowable. Patches and pitches. An incipient cosmos. A mountain in Vermont that throws itself together for our climb. Every time I read this poem I vibrate at a different frequency.
But that seems to be the way it is for me when it comes to Stevens. It started when I was 17, about the same time I took on intimacy with a slew of artists, writers and musicians who have been part of my incipient cosmos ever since.
We all carry these one-sided intimacies that enrich us deeply. Meanwhile our gratitude goes unheard. Is there another dimension where that disconnection is rectified? The list of thank yous I’d like to deliver in person is long.
Just for the record, here’s Wallace Stevens as he has appeared over the ten years of Slow Muse: