The Goddess Who Created This Passing World

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The Goddess who created this passing world 
Said Let there be lightbulbs & liquefaction 
Life spilled out onto the street, colors whirled 
Cars & the variously shod feet were born 
And the past & future & I born too 
Light as airmail paper away she flew 
To Annapurna or Mt. McKinley 
Or both but instantly 
Clarified, composed, forever was I 
Meant by her to recognize a painting 
As beautiful or a movie stunning 
And to adore the finitude of words 
And understand as surfaces my dreams 
Know the eye the organ of affection 
And depths to be inflections 
Of her voice & wrist & smile

~ Alice Notley

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