Weather Eye Open: Poems
The windmill's labor is contingent upon the weather, upon what air masses, at any given time, overlie its landscape. Anticipatory in mood, Weather Eye Open adopts the emblem of the windmill, seeking what Merleau-Ponty calls the "inspiration and expiration of Being." The windmill serves as analogue to the perceiving subject, to the poet, whose consciousness, though rooted and partial, is yet always receptive to being energized, turned. Like open sails, the perceiver ushers the weather indoors, converting one motion, the wind, to another, the grinding burrstones. The poems in this collection pursue a similar transmutation through language, a staying open to its various weather (and whether) systems. For Sarah Gridley, language strikes at the "X" of experience: part presence and part absence, part spirit and part matter, part home and part homesickness, part harnessed and part wild. In the face of such weather, the stance of the poet is both rapacious and passive, searching and struck still.
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Aleksander Wat Approach in Removable birthright to compose blue breathing Cage Won’t Feed Carol Snow Chatterton clouds creature half-alive cups cursive Delacroix DELICIOUS DISH Dialogue of Comfort Directions Publishing Dylan Thomas E. V. Lucas end of day epigraph exercise practice celebrate field’s fire Gentle Gnomonics Gimcrack Scenery glass gold GRASP OF THINGS green Impasto indoors Industrial Magdalene Inside of occupation JOHN BERRYMAN Journal of Eugène lacquer Locus Amenus look Lost in Atmosphere Mary Ann Caws Miller’s Ruth mirror moon Noises in Annunciation Outdoor Pragmatism PAUL VALÉRY Phaedrus Phenomenological proverbs Poems rain Removable Galleries SARAH GRIDLEY shade shell sky’s Slipping Jurisdiction small to rescue snake’s spectacle SPIRIT IS EMIGRANT Stéphane Mallarmé surface Swayamvara Sweet Outline Lost THOMAS HARDY trees trod & trod Turns in Outdoor Ulysses & Ulysses Wallace Stevens WANTING THE TEN-FINGERED Weather Eye Open Wild Clary wind windmills window wings