William Mills The Meaning of Coyotes “Oklahoma, As You Break to Beauty” not distinguishing the dancer and the dance but widening the circle of perception to perfect the embrace of pointer and pointed. These are the last two stanzas.
There on the snowy plain
Our pointer, stiffened to the world,
Sculpted by desire,
Becomes the geometry of desperate economy.
There with the world’s energy arcing
Between pointer and pointed,
I watch the birds break to beauty.
The design of survival is desire.
It seems as if geometry is positioned against design. The punctuation and the repetition of desire (in both bird and dog) bring into relief the final line and sentence. It seems pronounced upon the whole scene including in its compass the observation of the poetic voice upon the arcing energy. Desire becomes immensely complicated.
And so for day 1496