NOTES ON THE COS­MOS

Geist - - Endnotes - —Thad Mcil­roy

Three gen­er­a­tions of the Crosby fam­ily live and die, but all you re­ally need to know about Tinkers by Paul Hard­ing (Belle­vue Lit­er­ary Press) is the writer’s ex­cep­tional use of lan­guage. From Howard Crosby’s note­book: “Cos­mos Bo­re­alis: Light skin of sky and cloud and moun­tain on still pond. Wa­ter body be­neath teem­ing with reeds and silt and trout (sealed in day skin and night skin and ice lids), which we draw out with silk threads, fit­ted with snags of fur or bright feath­ers. Skin like glass like liq­uid like skin; our words scrieved the slick sur­face (re­flect­ing risen moon, spin­ning stars, flit­ting bats), so that we had only to whis­per across the wide plate. Green drakes blos­somed pow­der dry among the stars, glow­ing white, out of pods, which rose from the muck at the bot­tom of the pond and broke open on the skin of the wa­ter. We whis­pered across the gal­ax­ies, Who needs Mars?”

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