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Shah Jahan in Prison, and: The Lighthouse, and: The Arrival Gate, and: Meteor Elegy, and: The Gate of Babylon, and: Turtle Beach

Shah Jahan in Prison, and: The Lighthouse, and: The Arrival Gate, and: Meteor Elegy, and: The... SHAH JAHAN IN PRISON / S. Ben-Tov Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, had planned an imprisoned, in view of the identical, black shrine; he was Taj Mahal, before beginning it. Out of the fortress waUs, green parrots flash and dive, to nestle back in the prisoner's thoughts, whUe rising sun swirls sUver and copper, Ganga-Jumna style, on the river water. A sigh sweUs to burst anything but stone. Far off, his Taj appears to float upon its moorings, an ulusion that awes contemplators like a proof, the prisoner remembers a fountain and a garden where she visited his mind before birth. But the twin Taj Mahal. The black mirror, obsidian, onyx . . . wishfulness at night, when he sees a belt of stars circhng her hips, that she bends to unfasten. The Missouri Review · 175 THE LIGHTHOUSE / S. Ben-Tov A land-spit off Northern California, wedded to fog; pink five-odd-petaUed rose, a rock islet whiskered with foam, a dirt path to a whitewashed door, fog takes them. That is why the many oblongs of beveUed glass, iUusorily green, compose the Ughthouse lens, each side convex stepped crystal, glowing even on a cloudy day with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Shah Jahan in Prison, and: The Lighthouse, and: The Arrival Gate, and: Meteor Elegy, and: The Gate of Babylon, and: Turtle Beach

The Missouri Review , Volume 17 (3) – Oct 5, 1994

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SHAH JAHAN IN PRISON / S. Ben-Tov Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, had planned an imprisoned, in view of the identical, black shrine; he was Taj Mahal, before beginning it. Out of the fortress waUs, green parrots flash and dive, to nestle back in the prisoner's thoughts, whUe rising sun swirls sUver and copper, Ganga-Jumna style, on the river water. A sigh sweUs to burst anything but stone. Far off, his Taj appears to float upon its moorings, an ulusion that awes contemplators like a proof, the prisoner remembers a fountain and a garden where she visited his mind before birth. But the twin Taj Mahal. The black mirror, obsidian, onyx . . . wishfulness at night, when he sees a belt of stars circhng her hips, that she bends to unfasten. The Missouri Review · 175 THE LIGHTHOUSE / S. Ben-Tov A land-spit off Northern California, wedded to fog; pink five-odd-petaUed rose, a rock islet whiskered with foam, a dirt path to a whitewashed door, fog takes them. That is why the many oblongs of beveUed glass, iUusorily green, compose the Ughthouse lens, each side convex stepped crystal, glowing even on a cloudy day with

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1994

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