from ‘THE TESTING-TREE’
In the recurring dream my mother stands in her bridal gown under the burning lilac, with Bernard Shaw and Bertie Russell kissing her hands, the house behind her is in ruins; she is wearing an owl's face and makes barking noises. Her minatory finger points. I pass through the cardboard doorway askew in the field and peer down a well where an albino walrus huffs He has the gentlest eyes.
[from THE WILD BRAID:
a poet reflects on a century in the garden.
STANLEY KUNITZ with GENINE LENTINE c2005]
Stanley Kunitz | Wikipedia entry
Kunitz’s poetry won wide praise for its profoundity and quality. He was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1987 to 1989. He continued to write and publish until his centenary year, as late as 2005. Many consider that his poetry’s symbolism is influenced significantly by the work of Carl Jung. Kunitz influenced many 20th-century poets, including James Wright, Mark Doty, Louise Glück, and Carolyn Kizer.