Linda Gregerson: Dear Poet 2016

Linda Gregerson: Dear Poet 2016



this poem is called heliotrope it takes place in the Olivier theater in London Laurence Olivier was one of the great actors in the 20th century British stage and he was a founder of the National Theatre so there's this theatre named for him he had a favorite color which was heliotrope and they've used it for the upholstery on the seats in his theater and it's still that color heliotrope I was his favorite simply that then you can see for yourself why it might have been so the lushest least likely to weary the eyes of all the Surrey wavelengths never obvious my bit of the spectrum unstable somehow in a way that kept bringing him back search image on your browser and you'll see what I mean I've never had the advantage of sculptural beauty as the lily has I haven't been able to boast that stricture of line that making no mistakes God knows I've wished for it beggars can dream but no some neither this nor that turns out to be my sphere some men enos rather than singular perfection which I like to think he thought about it he made this place they named it for him and upholster the seats in heliotrope whose cluster of vowels and consonants he loved like my blue going violet with touches of grey the vocal colors warm up nightly before the play so you see they were wrong the ones who called me unrequited I was in his throat among the folds and ridges and beyond them to the very dome upon whose curve the heart resides just think what it used to be them in the hour before they'd let the rest of you in my many faces toward the Sun who spoke no sang my name

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