Troy Jollimore

Eternal Sunshine
September 23, 2018 Jollimore Troy


Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, 2004

Deciding to remember—and what to remember—is how
we decide who we are.

Robert Pinsky

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.
That’s Pope. And tell me, who remembers Pope?
The sky grows dark. The books go blank. Remind-
ers of our former lives, regrets, and hopes

are zapped into the void, the great lacuna,
as, grain by grain, the sand is washed away.
(“It’s just a bunch of tiny rocks,” some say.)
Ignorance is bliss, they murmur — but — no sooner

have we been brought to see it as a boon,
unlocking our brains to those detail-scrubbers,
than we begin to moan a different tune:
I don’t want this … But where is our dream lover

who’ll meet us at Montauk, as per the plot?
A girl for getting, by a girl forgot …

Troy Jollimore’s books of poetry are Syllabus of Errors, At Lake Scugog, and Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 2006.