Among Love’s Turnings: Two Poems

by Evelyn Hooven (July 2016)

 

MORNING SONG
 
Waking, crossing
This threshold
While you sleep there,
In plain November hunger
Gloom or candid glare
Something is missing.
 
Last week’s singing
Holds no longer
Neither oblique gold
Nor garlands here,
Oh I have wished all year
For what’s astonishing.
 
 
 
DECLARATION: An Epithalamion
 
And it will stand as a perpetual covenant
Such a one as we always are making
With all worlds whenever we agree
To count up and summarize
Comings and goings, bows and gestures
Till they become as columns
Surmised past all reckoning.
 
We agree
That beneath all endeavor
To build what can be undermined
By error or insufficiency
There will be a no matter what
Forever assumed.
 
We will kneel before altars
Crowned with contracts
And solemnities
Say the sound of laughter
With low reverence
And, rising, behold
The absolute, liberal air.

 

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Evelyn Hooven graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her M.A. from Yale University, where she also studied at The Yale School of Drama.  A member of the Dramatists’ Guild, she has had presentations of her verse dramas at several theatrical venues, including The Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Series in Greenwich, CT (after a state-wide competition) and The Poet’s Theatre in Cambridge, MA (result of a national competition). Her poems and translations from the French have appeared in ART TIMES, Chelsea, The Literary Review, THE SHOp: A Magazine of Poetry (in Ireland), The Tribeca Poetry Review, Vallum (in Montreal), and other journals, and her literary criticism in Oxford University’s Essays in Criticism.
 
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