Snowblind: Threnody for Glenn Gould and Thelonious Monk
The keyboard is an abstract landscape
white, cold, brittle
A mind could come unglued
marooned in the mindblinding aural
as if chromatics
were an infared map
of the other world.
Brilliance, the mind creating its own weather,
its own regions
polarities of timbre
whiteouts beyond reason
and too bright
This weather ranging across the skies of the mind
weather from which there is no
only storms, complications,
and calling the tunes.
Snowblind first appeared in The Kenyon Review, Winter 1999.