The Tension of Opposites by Robin Chapman



The Tension of Opposites

So I’m working to remember to move both ways—
up against a wall of Googled news, to study
the movements of planets above the lodgepoles—
how Jupiter wanders by the full moon!—
and yet another I-went-to-the woods-and-felt
sort-of-religious poem, even if true, carries
the thought that the next should be about burgers
and sweet potato fries, or overheard talk
among the pork producer conferees about
pleasuring sows in artificial insemination;
and from the scientist in celestial mechanics,
yes, in some billion years, our planets’ orbits
will fall apart like any chaotic n-body system;
for now, love, put on your clown nose
and dance with me under the wandering planets.


Robin Chapman is author of nine books of poetry, most recently Dappled Things (Paris: Revue K), a portfolio pairing 23 of her poems with Peter Miller’s photogravures, and One Hundred White Pelicans (Tebot Bach, 2013). She is recipient of Appalachia’s 2010 Helen Howe Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared recently in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.



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