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Lapis (2005) [Collection]
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Lapis, the philosopher's stone, is the legendary substance that alchemists use to turn base metals into gold. Robert Kelly's fifty-year pursuit of its poetic equivalent—the words that transform the common things of life into art—yields the 127 new texts collected here. In these richly varied poems and prose poems—some occasioned by reading Dickinson and Yeats, visiting churches and art museums, traveling through Austria, France, Italy, and Ireland, and reliving the wounds the wounds of childhood and adolescence—Kelly describes personal experience and, by touching it with memory and imagination, makes it stranger than life itself. He is the diarist as dreamer, and the dreamer as alchemist.


  • Three Explanations
    • Essences
    • Snow on the Sangre de Cristos
    • The Annalist
  • Four Portraits
    • John Dillinger
    • Emily Dickinson
    • Edith Wharton
    • William Butler Yeats
  • Maturity
  • Good Friday 1997
  • Moonset
  • Tomb in the Garden
  • An Ancestor Who Fought at Gettysburg
  • Ventadorn: Can vei l'auzeta mover
  • A Weaver
  • A Concerto of Ernest Chausson
  • The Return
  • Adorno on Sibelius
  • In Provence
  • Sabotage
  • The Quiz
  • The Lost Chord
  • Foreigner
  • Decision
  • Ruritanian Elegy
  • Mandragora
  • The Noble Suitor
  • Suddenly
  • Writing: For Moses Was a Stammerer
  • Bruckner
  • "To come back to a place"
  • Sonatina
  • Public Spaces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Two Sound Nets to Catch the Dark
  • The Ascent
  • "I caught a bird out of heaven"
  • Omens
  • hen Abel First Slew Adam
  • A Muscle in the Middle of the Mind
  • Still Life: Origin of the Alphabet
  • Alarm Clock Stunned by Sudden Dawn
  • Dynamite
  • RK: Son Épitaphe
  • The Farmer
  • "Whoever goes to the mirror"
  • John Yau by Candlelight
  • Dirt Roads
  • The View from Michigan Avenue
  • Man on Cross
  • Morphophonemics of the Blue Flower
  • Soap
  • Children on Sunday
  • Impregnation of a Stanza from Hart Crane's Voyages
  • Variations on Two Lines by Zaghloul Morsy
  • "Imagine there are just as many cowboys as there are cows"
  • Gateway Diner, Kingston
  • Orpheus
  • Vienna, at the Praterstern
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • Theory of the Working Class
  • Turf Fire
  • An Episode of Parish History
  • Snail
  • On the Munich/Naples Express
  • The Cranes of Mestre
  • The Little Testament
  • The Ear of Orpheus
  • The Letter
  • Experience
  • Manoeuvres
  • The Secret Orator
  • Green
  • The Sound of the Center
  • Two Meditations on the Pope
  • The Cup
  • Strange Hostages
  • Matter's Shadow
  • The Bird Becomes the Victim of the Eye
  • The Exile
  • Emergency
  • Bibliothèque Irrationale
  • Nausicaa
  • Gary Gaetti Retires
  • Private Eye
  • Theology of Mind
  • Stunt Man
  • Montreux
  • In Memory of Venable Herndon
  • In Flight
  • Seeing
  • "In the dark house of my childhood"
  • Island
  • In the City of Hannover, Birthplace of Kurt Schwitters
  • Olympic Hymn
  • Pietà
  • The Tight-Rope Walker
  • The Secret Court
  • The Torse of Anima
  • "I lick my knuckle and taste my blood"
  • Political Poem
  • Unifying the Essence
  • "At last this little piece of string"
  • Sea Mist
  • Totentanz
  • Vitriol
  • Light
  • What You Knew as a Child
  • Truth
  • Aurunculeia
  • All Through the Night
  • Two Deer
  • The Fisherwoman
  • Need
  • Suicide Note
  • Archeology
  • Identity
  • Sin
  • At the Sarmatian Embassy
  • Lapsus
  • The Doctrine of English Verbs
  • Singles Bar
  • Holding a Stone Called Angelite
  • The Temper
  • Casida of Milk
  • Service
  • The Tarot Trump Called 'The Hospital'
  • Roman Altar in Wiesbaden
  • The Heretic
  • Resurrection

Original title: Lapis: New Poems
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Lapis (2005)
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