APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: 'Shine': A Sonnet from Jonathan Galassi

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APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: 'Shine': A Sonnet from Jonathan Galassi


A little romance - a sonnet from the pen of poet, translator and editor Jonathan Galassi, whose collection Left-handed is wide-ranging in its forms and feelings.




Riches, a little dollop of your shine

is everything I need to make my day:

cheek of polished apple, wink of wine,

forehead semaphore along my way;

or torque of body gilded in the spray,

toothy, tonguey, stretched-saliva grin,

melon water sliding off a chin,

eyelash droplet where a sunbeam plays.

Slick of foam that glistens on the rim,

coffee cream curl, baby oil spill, oh, 

and gabardine lap-luster, zipper shimmer,

moiré patent-leather afterglow:

I hoard it, all the gold that makes you mine

(like finger ink spot, gaudy brilliantine).

Excerpt from LEFT-HANDED. Copyright (c) 2012 by Jonathan Galassi. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



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