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Periplum

by Major Jackson

The notion that the land gave us flying,

you said, or conceivably flying made us

aware of the notion of land, was your most recent

attempt to strike a lasting chord. Of course,

this exposed our admiration for the hard-hatted surveyor

wide-eyeing a dumpy level. There is in me someone

who would rather fall out a window, Buster Keaton-like,

and come up important like a tripod. Gurdjieff nearly

cried for collaboration. We both pointed to his

eminently readable mustache; graspable yet airborne.

 

Major Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Leaving Saturn, Hoops, and this year’s Holding Company (W. W. Norton & Co.). (4/2010)


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