Brian Sneeden Featured as Poetry Daily Author of the Day

PhD student Brian Sneeden was featured as the author of the day on Oct. 1 on the national Poetry Daily website.

Again Is the First Time

Brian Sneeden

It is possible to have everything,

like listening for a music in the music.

Somehow I am walking down Patton

and Walnut, and somehow it is there—

the primordial quivering, catching a whiff

of magnitude down a side street:

a quality of sun and air, or the pairing

of two dead leaves on the sidewalk just so.

Turning, I pass a woman in a turtleneck,

a dog tied to a bench and find

the man who owes me twenty dollars.

It is possible to have everything, or at least

twenty dollars, which is also everything

when I spend it on a Death in the Afternoon

for my wife and myself, the champagne

and absinthe mixed to form a sort of cloud.

Like when I walked the Rue Delambre, at night,

blossoming inward like a chrysanthemum

for a small view of the Seine, and thought

for once, surely now is enough. To arrive

this late and still be the first. Like the body

saying, again for the first time. What

is everywhere offers itself, again, itself.