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Spring/Summer 1992, Volume 9.2


Ace G. Pilkington

Ace G. Pilkington (D.Phil. Oxford U) is Associate Professor of English at Dixie College and literary seminar director for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. His poems and essays have appeared in Amazing, Encyclia, Plains Poetry Journal, Blue Unicorn, Literature/Film Quarterly, New Mexico Humanities Review, Weber Studies, and others. His book, Screening Shakespeare from Richard II to Henry V is reviewed in this issue.


  The Pulse of Light

On these thick days light congeals into substance,
No longer transparent medium
But cloudy liquid
Tumbling from the sky in lucent drops.
Most afternoons it may staunch and flow
Unnoticed as the tide, the trains,
The walkers through the streets.
Not now. Now it is watched for,
Caught in rivulets down a glisten of slates,
Tracked from roofs to rough-cornered walls,
Urged through windows as though it were still
Thinner than the glass;
Almost it seems a finger might be moist with it,
If the hand matched the eye's clutch.
There is such a desert in December
That we give life and room to a heart's glimmer.