A note on Delmore Schwartz
by Mark Dow
[ poetry - february 07 ]
"Dream of... a doctor in pajamas in a drug store: and of marrying the daughter of Wallace Stevens..." - in his journal, 8/15/49
Waiting for the surface to show him
why he feels worlds deeper down,
knows he doesn't want to know that
when he sees what he's intent upon
beginning and the ends will coincide.
Self-centered, abandoned, careening
as he looks as far in as he can for the out,
greys glazed like winter gauze across
the gaze of intuition he can't hide
himself much longer from.