Concerning the Meaning Molecule in Poetry

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This piece appears in the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal: The Occult, No. 22 

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Concerning the Meaning Molecule in Poetry

Long ago a man told me, If you write poetry             keep your subjects small; i was a tiny skinny girl at that point … Much later, i heard a meaning molecule in the call of a dove pretending to be an owl in the pine, a song-speck circling in a thought throughout all time             (like the man said, extremely small!) traveling from before literature through the blue centuries until quite recently when a radiant instance of the unknown            paused our bafflement but kept that little meaning absolutely elusive, & erotic …                                     for AC & NS  

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Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry, the most recent is Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days.