Mary Cornish


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  • Rookie Ursula Willing (10/16/2009 10:55:00 AM)

    I am searching for Mary Cornish or the rights holder of her poetry. The Poetry Foundation has not been able to help because no contact information is available.
    Any help from any one would be appreciated.

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Numbers

I like the generosity of numbers.
The way, for example,
they are willing to count
anything or anyone:
two pickles, one door to the room,
eight dancers dressed as swans.

I like the domesticity of addition--
add two cups of milk and stir--
the sense of plenty: six plums
on the ground, three more
falling from the tree.

And multiplication's school
of fish times fish,
whose silver bodies breed
beneath the shadow
of a boat.

Even subtraction is never loss,
just addition somewhere else:
five sparrows take away two,
the two in someone...

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