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Rondeau for Plotinus


The things you said were said so perfectly
at times, sometimes I feel like Porphyry,
devoted one fed by your rarified thoughts.
All that's real is spiritual, so you sought
to split the barrier between degrees

of being. You wanted union with the One,
were said to attain this end on four occasions.
Fountain the soul can rise toward illustrates
the things you said

about the One's good spreading, and man akin to it,
emanation and return. This doctrine
glossed the Trinity, and to thank you I submit
these lines, which being ex nihilo shine
divinely beyond Nature, or so I interpret
the things you said.


Brett Foster

The Garbage Eater
TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press


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