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Scott Cairns (b. 1954)

Idiot Psalm 12

A psalm of Isaak, amid uncommon darkness

O Being both far distant and most near,
O Lover embracing all unlovable, O Tender
Tether binding us together, and binding, yea
and tenderly, Your Person to ourselves,
Being both beyond our ken, and kindred, One
whose dire energies invest such clay as ours
with patent animation, O Secret One secreting
life anew into our every tissue moribund,
afresh unto our stale and stalling craft,
grant in this obscurity a little light.

Scott Cairns (born 1954), professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, is a poet, memoirist, essayist and librettist. His publications include ten collections of poetry. Cairns received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014. 

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