Four poems by Robert Hogg • Empty Mirror

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Manhattan Daimon (for Nadia and her daughter

As moon is to
earth and earth
about sun
turns

so I
dance at the tree root
till woodpecker sing
and footfall
free Ge
from slumber

See
she rises
cornucopia
in hand a child
in her arms

Manhattan Daimon
I’ve made your morning
coffee isn’t
it time
you got up

To my Friends

a hot morning sun
white forenoon
through glass

waves of hot
blood in
my spine

line
a blue vein
I go through

fluid as fire is
a kindling
surge

High Boots for a (Second) Lady (for Nadia

October

and
another fall

New

lady
New

York

(coast away…

back into
department
stores

looking for shoes

tall
boots I hesitate

again
to have you
pay for

but I am broke

and you buy them
anyway

(unlike the last I
pressured to leave me
in old shoes

About a Sarcophagus (for Nadia

We walk
among
old carvings

talk about
ruin, the forms
that are left us

love or this
sarcophagus

our life
marble & blood
unfolding

the stone
gives way

the tomb
falls against age

out of the death-stone
Dionysos
borne
in the marble

hands made
flesh bears
flesh

About Robert Hogg

Robert Hogg grew up in the Cariboo and Fraser Valley in BC, attended UBC during the early Sixties where he was associated with the Vancouver TISH poets, completed a PhD at SUNY Buffalo then taught American and Canadian Poetry at Carleton University in Ottawa for 38 years. He currently resides at his farm fifty miles south of Ottawa and is working on four collections: Lamentations; The Cariboo Poems; American Postcards; and The Vancouver Work. His publications include: The Connexions, 1966; Standing Back, 1972; Of Light, 1978; Heat Lightning, 1986; There Is No Falling, 1993, and from Lamentations, 2016. Two Cariboo poems, Ranch Days – The McIntosh from hawk/weed press in Kemptville, and Ranch Days—for Ed Dorn from battleaxe press in Ottawa are at the presses.

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