Its leg buckling as it extends,
up toward something always beyond it,
it’s lamed, and maybe sublime. Wounded
loving learning, its goal a goad,
this letter holds…… for learning love.
Peter Cole’s most recent book is Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017). Among his honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and a MacArthur Fellowship. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, where he teaches each spring at Yale.