By Stan Persky | February 6, 2002


In the Mirror of the Real     each scene
found in negation     not the lake
of the heart     not the body torn to pieces
by the Furies    not the tongue of Orpheus

In the Mirror of the Real    reversals
doubles, endless folds, oppositions     the actual
trees, stones, stars, lakes     reflect
the dead, the "irreparable," the under-

world. Eurydice not a person     but the cry
of Orpheus: "Eurydice     O harsh justice!     Eury-
dice"     when he looked back and saw
poetry     can’t bring the dead

back to life     In the Mirror of the Real, both
the underground of the world     the under-
side of his body     back and forth through the black
liquid of the mirror     look, Eurydice,

no hands!

Bangkok, Feb. 2002


  • Stan Persky

    Stan Persky taught philosophy at Capilano University in N. Vancouver, B.C. He received the 2010 B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His most recent books are Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009 (McGill-Queen's, 2011), Post-Communist Stories: About Cities, Politics, Desires (Cormorant, 2014), and Letter from Berlin: Essays 2015-2016 (Dooney's, 2017).

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