Memory revises me.
Even now a letter
comes from a place
I don’t know, from someone
with my name,
and postmarked years ago, while I await
injunctions from the light
or the dark;
I wait for shapeliness
limned, or dissolution.
Is paradise due or narrowly missed
until another thousand years?
in a blue hour
and faraway noise of hammering,
and on a page a poem begun, something
about to be dispersed,
something about to come into being.
— Li-Young Lee, from “Furious Versions,” The City in Which I Love You (BOA Editions Ltd., 1990)