Christopher Mulroney: Selected Poetry
Poetry » February 2001

baseless bards

the old songs figure through the canyons
partly and figure partly through the rooms
candling what shapes malinger there or
even though the lamp is altogether lowly
disgraced a real botch it lights the rooms
the forward motion of the passing guests and stilly seeks
the mandarining style of the pagoda or newel
laid down according to the rules of trade guild
and city code the faretheewell that gives a name
to all the singers in the avenue and thoroughfare
around the corner from the cul-de-sac and home

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