of some elegance and beauty; to be
dismantled or discarded, though, if it becomes
trials and choices,' out of place
or out of date, a piece of outsize bric-a-brac -- I know selves
and now elaborately ugly Nootka woodcarving,
propped in the ethnic room of a dusty provincial museum....
is a more modest thing, something improvised
by the spirit, over a stretch of some years, for daily use --
on it than on any other implement;
scratches, corrosion, dented and mended places in time
and dignity -- some old carpenter's tool, handle
broken and taped, blade nicked but smooth and bright still.
the temporary selves made for special
occasions, and sound and true for their purposes,
which is like those marine creatures
made up of diff erent animals, no one kind