National Poetry Month: Robert Thomas '68
Posted 04/30/2018 12:00PM

Sonnet with Swan and Long Tall Sally

Robert Thomas '68

What if we're the crux, the diamond lynchpin?
What if creatures in other galaxies
have a vague sense that something is missing,
but don't know it's Little Richard, Shakespeare,
and cornbread with plum jam? They have their songs,
but like the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge, not
Exile on Main Street, or as if Monet
stopped painting before the water lilies;
their idea of sex is what dogs do or
Nixons. Their squidy eyes would see the most
gauche galoot of us as Baryshnikov
dancing Swan Lake on gold wires, dulcimer
strings over water. And for what that dark
lake is made of their language has no words.

"Sonnet with Swan and Long Tall Sally." First published in The Yale Review. ( Robert's most recent book, Bridge, is a lyrical novella published by BOA Editions and received the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. His first book, Door to Door, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the Poets Out Loud Prize and published by Fordham University.

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