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Fall 1992, Volume 9.3


Robert M. Hogge

Robert M. Hogge (Ph.D., U of Arizona) is the Book Review Editor of Weber Studies and a faculty member in the English Department at Weber State University. Formerly he was Professor of English at the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) where he served as Director of Technical Writing. He is presently co-authoring a textbook in technical writing.

Read other poetry by Robert M. Hogge published in Weber StudiesVol. 12.1.

Searching for the City of Heaven

Bartolome de Las Casas's Abstract of Columbus's Journal

He called himself "Admiral"
Isabella's pawn
Westernizing the mythical East
great Khan's fabled cities
of silver and gold
"I am determined to visit
the city of Quensay!"
Four expeditions, four empty horizons
priceless aloes
canoes of logs
carrying no sails
Spanish hellholes
Grass growing to the water's edge
"I have no doubt, serene Princes,
that religious persons could learn their
language, converting them to Christianity."
Mountains wrinkle like those in Sicily
as natives kneel
He saw many statues in the shape of women
who secretly feel
Musky, naked, without weapons or laws
"The palm trees are different
from those in Guinea."
Searching for the city of heaven
his crew fully persuaded
He dreamed of paradise terrestrial
as warriors masqueraded
While flocks of parrots obscured the sun