Treasure Island

Hayden Carruth

(August 3, 1921 – September 29, 2008 / Woodbury, Connecticut)

Poems of Hayden Carruth

1. At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book 1/13/2003
2. Block 1/13/2003
3. Emergency Haying 1/13/2003
4. Endnote 1/13/2003
5. February Morning 1/13/2003
6. Goes 1/13/2003
7. Graves 1/13/2003
8. I, I, I 1/13/2003
9. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against The War In Vietnam 1/13/2003
10. Onondaga, Early December 1/13/2003
11. Poem Catching Up With An Idea 1/13/2003
12. Ray 1/13/2003
13. Saturday At The Border 1/13/2003
14. Scrambled Eggs And Whiskey 1/13/2003
15. Something For The Trade 1/13/2003
16. The Afterlife: Letter To Sam Hamill 1/13/2003
17. The Curtain 1/13/2003
18. The Way Of The Coventicle Of The Trees 1/13/2003
19. When I Wrote A Little 1/13/2003
20. Words In A Certain Appropriate Mode 1/13/2003

I, I, I

First, the self. Then, the observing self.
The self that acts and the self that watches. This
The starting point, the place where the mind begins,
Whether the mind of an individual or
The mind of a species. When I was a boy
I struggled to understand. For if I know
The self that watches, another watching self
Must see the watcher, then another watching that,
Another and another, and where does it end?

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