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Spring/Summer 1996, Volume 13.2

Poetry

 

Carol Poster


Carol Poster (Ph.D., U of Missouri) has recently published Unnatural Fauna and Selected Poems of Jacques Prévert. Her poems, fiction and translations have also appeared in The Literary Review, Kansas Quarterly, and others.

 

Westwater Canyon

There is no language extravagant
               as this country,
tortured sandstone arabesques,
               loose-bedded variegated
clays, have no counterparts in the
               linear demarcations
of words, which cannot follow
               how water,
flowing through soft rock,
               carves demons,
twisted and grotesque, yet, for all that,
               beautiful,
like the poisonous moonflower, or
               alkali water
at high noon, and the smooth currents
               of logic
break on their contorted forms, like
               whitewater
on dark grey Pre-Cambrian metamorphic
               rock.

 

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