Otherworlds – a poem by Marly Youmans


Physicists go trailing after poets:
Dante saying distanced things may show it’s

Just one space they share in Paradiso;
How the strings of harpsichords could be so

Entangled with some hyacinths (a world
Away) that unexpected fragrance curled

Into George MacDonald’s sitting room
And tinged his Lilith’s page with its perfume…

Since thinnest places are a fragile screen,
Inspect the mounds where fairy folk were seen,

Mull the spirit kingdoms of the muses
And sluice of silver rain no bard refuses,

Weigh the way, the cost of sacrifice,
The radiance, the shores of Paradise.

Marly Youmans is the author of fifteen books of poetry and fiction. Her latest poetry collection is The Book of the Red King, from Phoenicia Publishing in Montreal, 2019, and her latest novel is Charis in the World of Wonders, published by Ignatius Press of San Francisco in 2020.

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