from Cento Magazine
No clouds bloom the soft-dying day
a sonnet on the occasion of Ed Dorn reading at UC Berkeley, October 30, 1997
October 31st, Keats' birthday.
A line of red liquidambar on Rose Street.
Summer over-brims our clammy cells
and tricks even San Francisco
into sleeveless. Last night heard
Ed Dorn read for maybe the last time.
History and lyric geography spun into
epic mind. The humble Titan drew poets who
wouldn't agree on much but him. He could see
what flowers were at his feet and said so.
He sat strong and delicate, slightly frail
but there was no wailing. Half the audience
stood up with applause hoping not to offend
this most unravished of men.
Gloria Frym's most recent book of poems, Homeless at Home (Creative Arts Book Company), won a 2002 American Book Award. Her last book of short stories is Distance No Object (City Lights Books). She is the author of several volumes of poetry, and teaches at California College of Arts & Crafts in the Bay Area.