Transition Poem 64 @ Jan. 11, 2017

Sharon Dolin
A Momentary Stay Against Confusion

Why not prolonged confusion
against a momentary stay

or a momentary confusion
against a longer stay

why not a momentary lay
against contusion

why choose clarity
over confusion

and the moment over
the continuing confusion of

every world’s stay

and why against
instead of for

a momentary stay for

confusing moments
for the staying.


Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry collections, most recently, Manual for Living, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2016. The recipient of a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, she directs and teaches in Writing About Art in Barcelona each June.

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