glamour

 

1720, Scots., glamer,
“magic, enchantment,”
variant of earlier Scots.,
gramarye, derived from
Eng. grammar (q.v.), 
esp. in phrase, “to cast
the glamour.” 1. c. 1500,
Eng., “scholarship
or occult learning.”
2. A spell affecting
the eye. 3. A haze in
the air making things
appear different from
what they are. 4. Any
artificial interest in an
object or person through
which it or they appear
delusively magnified or
glorified. Jamieson’s
Etym Dict Scot Lang
(1825) has glamour-gift,
“the power of enchantment,
metaph. applied to
female fascination.”


fugue state

 

It comes in dreams or on the verge of sleep,
in lost abstracted corners of the day.
It is immense and solid,
unexpected and inevitable.

We place hands on it in darkness,
know its surface and texture,
grope for its edges to guess its shape,
but cannot name the shape we handle.

To see it whole, pace its dimensions,
achieve a frame to frame it:
this would be clarity.

We would inspect the basis of our eyesight,
name the root of the tongue.


Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. Aside from a modest list of scholarly publications, he has placed imaginative work -- poetry, fiction, and essays -- in numerous small-press journals, most recently Four Ties Literary Review, Kentucky Review, and War Literature and the Arts. Some of his work can be read at www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/goluboff/