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The Opening Sonnet of "Thanks for Noticing"

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Published on Dec 2, 2015

Vern Barnet reads the first sonnet is book, "Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire." Learn more at www.VernBarnet.com . Here is the text without the epigraph, footnotes, and glosses--

OPEN, BOOK, open to the reader — wide!
and let the peace lodged longing in one’s heart
be burning in these pages ranged, and guide
all yearning for the universe to start.
As god creates us through the Word to know,
be known! let faith emblazed these pages hint;
cessation of all disconnections show;
and friendly pure and fleshy passions, print.

LET ALL COMPANIONS, gay and straight, rich, poor,
whatever race, male and female, young, old
(let those alone especially) adore
the god who only with one’s love is told.

Inflate, ignite, Each Page, with your turning;
inflame the god within who brings all burning.
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