Satellite

Dan Chiasson

Spring 2019


1
Sitting in a swivel chair, high up above the Sound, he found an old book by Jules Verne on the study shelves, From the Earth to the Moon, and spent the long morning reading.


2


If you want to make it to the moon,
Not halfway, all the way,
If you want to see
The tininess of your obsessions,


Loyalty, etcetera, a speck,
Not halfway, all the way,
If you want to see
Love as a perspectival trick,


Worthwhile, worthless, what you loved
All the way, not halfway
A triviality,
Then mind what name your master gave.

Dan Chiasson is the author of five books, including, most recently, the poetry collection Bicentennial. He teaches at Wellesley College and reviews poetry for the New Yorker.

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