Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: All the Mirror Can Never Hope to Hold

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: All the Mirror Can Never Hope to Hold
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ALL THE MIRROR CAN NEVER HOPE TO HOLD (D’une Chose à Une Autre) from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, finds the poet taking a long, hard look… in the mirror. 

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel All the Mirror Can Never Hope to Hold

Titian’s Venus with a mirror

(D’une Chose à Une Autre)

Collecting as I go along,
assembling from it all

a soul

which reaches through the skin
day after day
to shape the face
(no longer my face, but now my face)
in the mirror;

meeting myself again and again;
my language, more and more disguised as a sigh,
speaks in a collage –

faint praise atop wounded pride,
plaudits beside hyperbole

sicut ego maiorem adspirant rerum

through the construction of counterfactual histories,
through the alchemy of only will,
through blatant trial and error,
through the music of chance

to fashion a vessel beyond
skin, muscle, blood, and bone;

an architecture cobbled together
and not indicative
of a hagiography
tasked with

the collective experience
I have become
by way of

the repeated baptism
of epiphany –
this connected to that,
that to this;
knowledge tethered
to emotion;
the mind and the heart
beating and thinking
together through
the same electrical impulse
and illuminating

the transfiguration that comes from love,
that comes from no love;

the crucifixion of beliefs
believed only to keep
a mind,
a heart
in darkness

and safe from knowing and feeling
that knowing and feeling
are one in the same,
are always moving back
and forth in rhythm
across the assemblage
from one thing to another
until self-actualization
speaks in tongues
across a lifetime
from birth to death
and everything collected,
accumulated in between
d’une chose à l’autre –
all the mirror
can never hope to hold.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


View Comments (2)
  • Anne Adams

    As always, Goertel speaks with a brutal beauty. Decidely masculine and, yet, connecting to universal archtyphes we all relate to.
    In a word: Haunting. Well done, Mr. Goertel.

  • Thank you, Anne.

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