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Sharon Olds - Topography

After we flew across the country we
got in bed, laid our bodies
delicately together, like maps laid
face to face, East to West, my
San Francisco against your New York, your
Fire Island against my Sonoma, my 
New Orleans deep in your Texas, your Idaho
bright on my Great Lakes, my Kansas 
burning against your Kansas your Kansas
burning against my Kansas, your Eastern
Standard Time pressing into my 
Pacific Time, my Mountain Time
beating against your Central Time, your 
sun rising swiftly from the right my 
sun rising swiftly from the left your 
moon rising slowly form the left my 
moon rising slowly form the right until 
all four bodies of the sky
burn above us, sealing us together, 
all our cities twin cities, 
all our states united, one 
nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Poet: Sharon Olds
Poem: Topography
Volume: The Gold Cell
Poem of the Day: Jul 7 2011

Comment 5 of 5, added on December 19th, 2010 at 12:05 PM.

Olds states "like maps laid
face to face" therefore it is not a mistake that she says "sun rising swiftly from the right my
sun rising swiftly from the left your
moon rising slowly from the left my
moon rising slowly from the right until
all four bodies of the sky" because think about it this way. You have a 2 topography books opened to the USA you put the one on top of the other "laid
face to face" you have New York on California. therefore you have 2 maps you have 2 sons, one coming from the left one coming from the right... both coming from east. 4 skies 2 day 2 night.. Astronomically correct.

M Kink from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on November 2nd, 2010 at 3:27 PM.
trolls

Patrick Rumley succesfully trolled you lit. fags. I ask you tards this, y even spread your hate? even if it to correct the only mistake to ever happen on an internet comment.

millhouse from Zimbabwe
Comment 3 of 5, added on April 6th, 2006 at 1:11 PM.

A woman as intelligent as Old's almost certainly knows which direction the sun and moon come from. Could it be that she made a choice as opposed to a mistake? I'd put money on it. It's people like the author of the first comment who view abstract images by Picasso as a choice and the abstract images of non-western art a matter of ignorance.

Olds took a liberty in this poem, just as I will take a liberty in suggesting that you pull your head out of your pompous, misogynistic behind.

Nicole from United States

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