After arguments with books
I often lie on the floor
That’s how it is and of course the rain
Oh that Monteverdi
Oh the radio
Dreamt last night something something discarded clothing someone leaving
Lumen pelko—Finnish for the fear of snow
Meanwhile asks himself
Do you remember the magnificent feeling
Sneaking up on shadows?
Most readers of poetry haven’t lain on floors listening to day long rain
It takes privilege to be stripped productively
You old damned Bohemian you….
Orfeo….peeks out from behind the birches
ABOUT: Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is StephenKuusisto.com.
(Photo picturing the cover of Stephen Kuusisto’s new memoir “Have Dog, Will Travel” along with his former guide dogs Nira (top) and Corky, bottom.) Bottom photo by Marion Ettlinger