D. Nurkse

Game with a Mad Bounce
November 22, 2019 Nurkse D.

Game With A Mad Bounce
The child and I are kicking
a pebble down the road–
the child is Gautama
the pebble is Saint Theresa
and I’m no one: or
we are both Gramsci
the road is Maimonides
and you are no one: or
the child counts steps to Frogurt
I’m an old man with cancer
the pebble is no one and
no one loves us so
it’s raining in the White Mountains
but here just the pang of wood smoke-–
here joy and sorrow
are a fence and a lit window–-
here God’s silence
is the silence of a cricket.

D. Nurkse is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS (Knopf, April 2022), a “new and selected.” He’s received the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting foundations. He has taught poetry at Rikers Island and served a term on the board of Amnesty International-USA. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and collaborates on performance art with Zephyr, a visionary dog.