Wikipedia Poem, No. 271


“now and again to lay / one hand on a warm brick // and touch the sun’s ghost / with economical joy,” Adrienne Rich


asymmetry kanso the irregular
simplifies in one fluid expressive
tranquil kanso simplifies the circle

a disciplined creative non practice
of calligraphy once used forms
platos perfect objective strength

elegance mind incomplete
and the former a case of character
allowing reason toward brushstroke

why apply sumi-e enclosed in might
the man is born perfect dies perfect

practice of
drawn horses
encase the brush



  • Rich, Adrienne. “Necessities of Life.” Collected Poems: 1950-2012. , 2016. Print. Page 167.

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