Gerald Stern

Death of God
June 25, 2017 Stern Gerald

Death of God


Bituminous was so soft, so much like dust,
you could cover a roaring fire till
cold and darkness were all you had, then
two even three weeks later you could poke it
and the blue flames you identified with the Great Sparks
would gradually rise and spread, that
rabbi Kook of Palestine took for Being itself,
so long as Being didn’t have a white beard,
though those flames are cursed now.

Gerald Stern’s two most recent books are Galaxy Love and Death Watchhis next book will be called Blessed as We Were: Late Selected and New.