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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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"Toward what island-home am I moving"

Toward what island-home am I moving,
not wanting to marry, not wanting
too much of that emptiness at evening,
as when I walked though a field at dusk
and felt wide in the night.
And it was again the evening that drew me
back to the field where I was most alone,
compassed by stems and ruts,
no light of the fixed stars, no flashing in the eyes,
only heather pared by dry air, shedding
a small feathered radiance when I looked away,
an expanse whose deep sleep seemed an unending
warren I had been given, to carry out such tasks—
that I might find nothing dead.
And it was again the evening that drew me
back to the field where I could sense no boundary—
the smell of dry earth, cool arch of my neck, the darkness
entirely within myself.
And when I shut my eyes there was no one.
Only weeds in drifts of stillness, only
stalks and gliding sky.

Come, black anchor, let us not be harmed.
The deer leafing in the dark.
The old man at the table, unable to remember.
The children whose hunger is just hunger,
and never desire.

—Poetry, November 2012

Joanna Klink’s most recent book of poems is Raptus (Penguin 2010). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana-Missoula.



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SarahP

Why are my eyes leaking

SarahP

If you liked this poem, you might like Dylan Thomas's Fern Hill. They're very different, but make me feel the same feeling.

juksie

oh thank you for sharing

ennaenirehtac

Sometimes I forget about poetry. Then I unexpectedly read some in the middle of my morning semi-panicked blog- and email-fest, and my brain goes quiet and, like the poet said, "wide." Thanks for that much-needed bit of rest/wonder this morning!

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"Come, black anchor, let us not be harmed.
The deer leafing in the dark.
The old man at the table, unable to remember.
The children whose hunger is just hunger,
and never desire."

Oh jeez.

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