Marsh Hawk Review is an online poetry journal sponsored by the Marsh Hawk Press collective. Marsh Hawk Review will appear twice a year, under the revolving editorship of collective members. Each issue will offer a selection of poems solicited by the editor, in addition to new work posted by poets in the collective.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Daniel Morris

Martian Beauty


OK, we fit: Birds build nests and beavers

Dams when internal organic pressures

Cooperate,

Says Dewey; but don’t neglect

Martian beauty in which this image leaves

Us cold, preferring, for example, hot

Mud springs and undersea manganese

Nodules to the front elevations of your bi-

Lateral symmetry?

All can be ex-

Plained naturalistically. The point is not

If you prefer to paint angular

Angels, "old women scraping carrots," or

"Heavy clowns taking holiday in a dingy

Pot house," but that Martian beauty

Encourages skepticism towards feelings

About it personally when selecting "the secret

Of deep human sympathy" to some other beauty.

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