Notes Drawn from the River of Ecstasy is William Kistler's fourth and most adventurous volume of poetry. These poems engage the harsh economic and social realities of late 20th century life and simultaneously the most subtle threads of love.
This work looks back to the ideal love and sharp-tongued social criticism of the French Troubadour poets of the 12th century and forward to the poetry of interstellar space which waits in the 21st century.
Kistler's poetry comes to us from the river flow of the timeless and it reinvents itself on page after page as an imaginative examination of life in the commercial capital of the world. These are poems of vision and experience.
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Now Walk Before Me
Now walk before me, now stand before me,
the lost company of my life.
Each calls for the bread of blue skies,
for the season of sharing they never had.
And ever-after each is weighed
in the sun of the market place,
each is entered on the ad man's list,
each becomes a silent renter.
And everywhere in the street
there is laughter between polished teeth
when the words of longing or the breasts
of hope are bared. After the first fall
the next goes unnoticed. The day remains,
luminous, a life unto itself.
And on a night in a foreign place
a man thought by himself to be becoming old
is loved so deeply by a stranger
his song comes all the way back to him.
Excerpted from Notes Drawn from the River of Ecstasy by William Kistler. Copyright © 1997 by William Kistler. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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