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Robert Francis - Glass

Words of a poem should be glass
But glass so simple-subtle its shape
Is nothing but the shape of what it holds.

A glass spun for itself is empty,
Brittle, at best Venetian trinket.
Embossed glass hides the poem of its absence.

Words should be looked through, should be windows.
The best word were invisible.
The poem is the thing the poet thinks.

If the impossible were not,
And if the glass, only the glass,
Could be removed, the poem would remain. 

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Poet: Robert Francis
Poem: Glass
Poem of the Day: Sep 4 2011

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 14th, 2008 at 6:35 PM.

Was introduced to this poem in a retiree's Renaissance Society's seminar on 20th century poetry. One of the loveliest poems I've read on the subject of What is poetry? (I've read many!)
Apparently we were reading a typo on line 6--"Embossed glass hides the poem or its absence." The "or" should be "of" and there's the difference. One is poetry; the other, prose.
See the Tao Te Ching number 11.

MHFA from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on November 28th, 2005 at 10:03 PM.

Erm this poem oddley did'nt even show up on my screen!

Poetry Lover #1 from New Zealand

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