Poem for the New Year, 2013
The streets of Paris are a map in my mind
Of the streets of Paris my mind weathered in
I replace them with loyalties and absence
But also a presence shared now to differentiate
One mind set and replicate another.
The conditions of the previous entries no
Longer apply—sets of sadness and confusion
Replaced with different anomalies of feeling
While I rely on sensory input to motion
My advanced standing still. Landscape withers
The physical drift while matter continues
Neither created nor destroyed, but emotions
Transubstantiate from one corporeal to another,
And there, I do bring the spider love.
Edmund Berrigan is the author of two books of poetry, Disarming Matter (Owl Press, 1999) and Glad Stone Children (Farfalla, 2008), and a quasi-memoir, Can It! forthcoming from Letter Machine. He is editor of the Selected Poems of Steve Carey (Sub Press, 2009), and is co-editor with Anselm Berrigan and Alice Notley of the Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2010). He is an editor for poetry mags Vlak and Brawling Pigeon, and is on the editorial board of Lungfull!