With bonus free poster announcing a Valentine’s ”revel” with Nils Peterson and the Choraliers of San Jose State University directed by Charlene Archibeque. title: ”Love’s Not Time’s Fool” showing a seated nude drawn by by Jean Swan Gordon.
The poems read:
If we have quarreled our bodies wait
Patient as horses. At last their owners
Set off huffy and proud leaving
The sweet bests to each other.
They turn, nuzzle, and speak through the night
The eloquent touching language of the dumb.
You know as well as I
a sun soon will rise
That will not rise on us.
You have heard with your sweet ear
And read with your quick eye
The things poets say –how long
They’ll love or how they’ll catch
A willing soul’s fire in their pages
Like butterflies in amber.
It is all moonshine, you tell me,
And will not scare
Be flattered or cajoled,
Yet today the sun came up in the high air
And great birds begin their dalliance
Above an earth grown tense with blossom.
Bedclothes settled about like clouds
At the edge of summer. On the horizon
My hand floats on the warm sea of your body.
How did it get there? Is it off on its own?
Or has it some mysterious charter from the king,
Some errand that will save all of France?
Time to call it back though now it rides so easy
On the suck and swell of your breathing.
125 copies printed for the San Jose Poetry Center at Blackwells Press 1983.