here’s matthew with our penultimate sonnet!:
what a reading! what a fire! matthew is a wonderful, widely-published and pushcart prize nominated poet and translator, and he took a minute out of his last night here at bennington to read this one to us. how grateful are we??
thank you matthew!
one more to go!!!
Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep:
A maid of Dian’s this advantage found,
And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
In a cold valley-fountain of that ground;
Which borrow’d from this holy fire of Love
A dateless lively heat, still to endure,
And grew a seething bath, which yet men prove
Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.
But at my mistress’ eye Love’s brand new-fired,
The boy for trial needs would touch my breast;
I, sick withal, the help of bath desired,
And thither hied, a sad distemper’d guest,
But found no cure: the bath for my help lies
Where Cupid got new fire–my mistress’ eyes.