It had an odd, caressive
tone, at odds with his hard body.
Give them some way of braying brassily For caressive
calling Or to homophonous hiccoughs Transpose the laugh Let them suppose that tears Are snowdrops or molasses Or anything Than human insufficiencies Begging dorsal vertebrae.
This is still recognizably the world of Spindrift--the soft, caressive
landscape, the half lights of "eventide" and dawn, and the derivative phrasing.
The central spondee in "Upon the steep floor flung from dawn to dawn," for example, bolstered by alliteration, suggests a precipitant but caressive
violence that is--even before the reader's train of interpretation has arrived at the epiphanies of the last two lines--somehow numinous with meaning because so stressed, so stressful, and so desired.
This comes across not only through the informal pose of the sitter and the caressive
, diagonal brush strokes that form his garment, but the curious, bloodlike slashes of red that indicate the meeting of his lips.