The Looking Ground

by David P. Gontar (September 2015)

I drew beside eternity 

It held as plain as cake  

Thus neighborly and nigh   

My heart did quake         


Each lady hoists a parasol    

Each gentleman his staff    

What drolleries do they 

Scatter as they pass?


Over the arch they clatter    

Bird and branch abound   

Ungiving of a backward eye   

Upon the looking ground





David P. Gontar’s latest book is Unreading Shakespeare. He is also the author of Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays, New English Review Press, 2013.



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