Summer 2005

Don Share


Don Share Don Share is Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Curator of the Poetry Room at Harvard University, where he teaches. His most recent book of poems is Union (Zoo Press, 2002); his new book of poems is Squandermania, work from which has appeared or is forthcoming in Fulcrum, Yale Review, Slate, and Pleiades. His other books include Seneca in English (Penguin, 1998); I Have Lots of Heart: Selected Poems of Miguel Hernandez, translations (Bloodaxe Books, 1997); and forthcoming, a critical edition, The Poems of Basil Bunting. His recent translations of Mexican poetry will appear in an anthology edited by Forrest Gander and published by Sarabande.
Easter    Click to hear in real audio

I ate one of the eggs my daughter and her mother
colored and hid and found and put in a basket.
Hunting for them in the yard, with its first shock
of fresh early spring grass, the sky was not
pink, green, purple, or royal blue.

My daughter knew she would find each egg
and her mother wanted her to find them,
as it wasn't in my daughter's nature yet
to feel at a loss about hidden things or colors
or ask when will the iron angels sing.



Rest    Click to hear in real audio

Sabbath is a river that flows
every day but Sunday,
yet there is no rest
from war.

The velocity
of its ferocious light
is its maximum possible velocity,
even in the spired
faculty of the soul
with all her longing and avidity.

Bitter in the belly
but honey in the mouth~
copious resin of experience~
are these cryptonyms, influentials.

Firmly rooted as dogwoods, as axioms,
each star casts about again
for more of its core to burn,

while below,
our sole garden is italicized
by crime, the first and last of things:

Justice is conflict,
not the other way around.



Don Share: Poetry
Copyright © 2005 The Cortland Review Issue 29The Cortland Review