The Glittering World

One thing it is to solve for an unknown,
another to experience it. I stare at nine
red origami cranes strung on nylon

filament, weighted with a red glass
crystal at the end. If you traversed
the world, what would you pursue?

On a night with a new moon, owls
called, back and forth, over the house;
my words branch into the dark

and become visible speech: they’re
mycelium running, replenishing
roots and all. We may flit to a sunrise

over a Kilauea white sand beach,
but the infinite glitter of the world’s
here in our arms, here or not at all.

Arthur Sze is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Ginkgo Light, Quipu, The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, and Archipelago. Sze was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2012, is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is the first poet laureate of Santa Fe. In 2013 he was awarded the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers magazine.
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