Sunday, January 13, 2008

Crossword Puzzle

intersecting and cross-
sectioning, i do not know if this is a
window or a sewer we tread, a rail or a street
light: horizontal and vertical lose all
meanings when they so mesh. “to abstain”
quite seamlessly becomes “co-star of 1951’s
The African Queen,” and any compass
worth its poles is made a merely trifled
jest.

this geometry is dizzying to one so easily
trenched in boxes, most clearly delineated,
most fluidly together, and for a time
it seems i cannot escape this black-and-white
labyrinth of mine and Will Shortz’s own
feeble construction—until, of course,
tomorrow’s morning paper.

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