George Oppen reads “Leviathan” / poem & audio

Photo by Mary Oppen


 
 
 
George Oppen reads his poem “Leviathan” [location and date of reading are unknown]:

 
 
 
 
 
“Leviathan”

Truth also is the pursuit of it:
Like happiness, and it will not stand.

Even the verse begins to eat away
In the acid. Pursuit, pursuit;

A wind moves a little,
Moving in a circle, very cold.

How shall we say?
In ordinary discourse—

We must talk now. I am no longer sure of the words,
The clockwork of the world. What is inexplicable

Is the ‘preponderance of objects,’ The sky lights
Daily with that predominance

And we have become the present.

We must talk now. Fear
Is fear. But we abandon one another.

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on April 21, 2012.

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