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Eric Hoffman

from Emerson In America

Goethe’s nothingness:
The eye to conceal the Universe
Of Ignorance –
Poems expedients for bread
Or to keep from the madhouse.

The undersong of confession
& infinite amazement –
Questions fended off
By the writing of books –
Profound calculations –

The gestures of reason,
Profoundly incalculable –
The uplifted eye of Memory,
Another dream of nature
Errored by right thinking.