[the green minnow]

Robert Lax









the green minnow

bears a white &

black mark

at his tail


by which we


what fish

he’ll be


(& all things

bear a mark

for the under-





your voice

in dark

is no

less, then,

your voice;


mine, from

behind you,

’s mine

as from




(whatever is

is mark’d first

as itself;


later, if ev-

er, as gener-

ic being.)






This poem was first published in the Robert Lax special issue of Voyages, vol. 2

                                          no. 1 & 2, 1968  




Kater Murr's Press, Piraeus Series, 2004. 
Poem copyright © Estate of Robert Lax, 2004.
Artwork by Louise Victor; copyright © Louise Victor, 2004.