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TitleThe Ginkgo Light
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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Note to the Reader
{ Contents }
I
	Chrysalis
	Labrador Tea
	Crisscross
	The Gift
	Looking Back on the Muckleshoot Reservation from Galisteo Street, Santa Fe
	Pig’s Heaven Inn
	Retrieval
	Tesserae
	In the Rose Light
	Qualia
	The Ginkgo Light
II
	Spectral Line
III
	The Double Helix
	Equator
	Pinwheel
	Power Line
	Grand Bay
	Departures and Arrivals
	Fractal
	The North Window
	Yardangs
	Virga
	After Completion
Notes
About the Author
Books by Arthur Sze
Acknowledgments
                        
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A temple near the hypocenter of the atomic blast at Hiroshima

was disintegrated, but its ginkgo tree survived to bud and bloom.

Arthur Sze extends this metaphor of survival and fl owering to

transform the world’s factual darkness into precarious splendor.

He ingeniously integrates the world’s mundane and miraculous into

a moving, visionary journey.

…out of airplane wreckage, a woman

identifi es the ring on the charred corpse

of her spouse; a travel writer whose wife is in

hospice gazes at a lunar eclipse, the orange moon

at one-millionth of its normal brightness.

A 1300-year-old lotus seed germinates; a ginkgo

issues fan-shaped leaves; each hour teems.

Praise for Arthur Sze’s Poetry

“Classically elegant.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Sze’s list-laden sequences capture the world’s manifold facts one by one, then

through discursive commentary exact from them a sense not only of aesthetic

order but of universal cause and eff ect.” — Boston Review

“Whether incorporating nature, philosophy, history, or science, Sze’s poems

are expansive. They unfold like the time-slowed cinematic recording of a

fl ower’s blooming… Sze has a refreshingly original sensibility and style, and

he approaches writing like a collagist by joining disparate elements into a

cohesive whole.” — Booklist

“Sze fuses elements of Chinese, Japanese, Native American, and various West-

ern experimental traditions into poetry that, like the glaze of the fi nest porce-

lain, has enormous depth and subtlety. His work presents experience in all its

multiplicity.” — FIELD

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We forage for black and yellow morels

under tulip poplars, but they are camoufl aged

on the forest fl oor. Wherever I squint,

I mark varicolored leaves, clusters of deer scat;

at fi rst I zigzag a branch back and forth

under leaves, expecting to uncover some,

then learn to spot-check near the trunks,

forage farther out above the roots among

lichened rocks. We bring two dozen back,

sauté them, add to pasta, salad, sip wine;

but what coalesces in the body for weeks

are glimpses of blossoming redbuds while

driving along a road; horses by the second gate;

lights on the porch; a basket of apples,

bread, farm milk set at a downstairs table;

rocking horse upstairs; two tapers lit;

quicksilver kisses, a diamond light; and,

before, tremor when you felt something odd:

pulled a black tick off from behind your ear,

brushed a smaller one out of your hair.

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Who rescues hunters tipped into arctic waters?

The hour is a cashmere scarf; as a black man

near a fountain raises saxophone to his lips

and showers the street with shimmering gold,

red lights of an ambulance weaving in traffi c

bob into distance. From a dome, a pendulum

swings, almost touches numbers that mark

the hours in a circle on the fl oor. When

Robin’s coworkers were terminated, she left

her telecommunications job to groom the horses

she loves, even in zero-degree weather; she

cinches a saddle on Nemo even now. A meadow

mushroom, covered overnight under a glass bowl,

releases, onto white paper, a galaxy of

chocolate brown spores. When you are still,

you spot the chance tracks of the living.

Who can suspend time on a string, make it

arc back and forth while earth rotates around it?

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