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Sonnet From an Abandoned Sequence

By Ben Lerner

I quit. The seas have long since risen over
those cities of the future where I’d
projected readers. I can’t compete
with a device that gathers and amplifies
starlight so soldiers can see in the dark.
If a sudden non-coincidence of sound
and image startles us into momentary presence,
so what? Everyone I love will die
and everyone I love will be at fault.
I have done the reading. I have been
to the museums. Planes that should recede
splinter against the surface. And? Soldiers
have options for fun, exercise, and learning.
An Army Post is a place for making friends.

Ben Lerner‘s books are The Lichtenberg Figures and Angle of Yaw, both published by Copper Canyon Press. Angle of Yaw was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. A former Fulbright Scholar in Spain, Lerner co-founded and co-edits No: a journal of the arts. He is moving to Pittsburgh.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007.