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Three Parts from “After Nature”

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 3, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 113-116 | 10.1353/col.2013.0070

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To divide the woods again,
its present current drawn,

I expel the oak, any last springs,
the charge of fields.

All its unrest taken
the new places fit the soil,

shearing it from to make a new site.
The deer. The fatal leaves.

In their exhausted stances some of the pine remain
the hill crest, where a limit of bird are.

Their coarse fletchings shed decay,
dropped through branches tepid sap fills,

the fitful ground dark, spent, quiet,


Once, in the paling grasses, I heard you.
The lengths of summer drawn to meet a sated spectre

were fastened, come from the slack of trees
raking light in the season left.

The draining heat knotted pollens slanting through.
Cedar halves purged, brown in stalks of field

reduced under each plant wane, the hoarded arrangements
pursed in my eyes less, bodies summoned to order spent.

It was a scalped wave come upon. Animal huddled into thicket chased.
A lungs stalled in the guts of August fraying.


We have watched you a long time here
What the severe night repaired
Interrupted trees resilient list
Chattel never survived, never had

The world is just digesting us
Such is witness, our hard labor
The clutch of sight strangles, this is the sure grip
We have no ballast will even

Welcome this amount of things
Alarmed animals vary
Each sight heard traffics more
The peals soon a vital store, indelible

Abandoned witness in your mouth keep
Its censor your second breadth of eyes
Other things portion each other
How quiet the fast grouse, the maurad of trees


Now that the trees are mute
strewn through them our sight peals out a sorted tame.

We cross the wide field.
Its thickets scatter what light arms the rest

of its shallow ground.
This contracted life pollens the mild organs

spanned in the accurate dusk, lastly digested
through the slow yield. Preyed on entire

their bodies answer malformed to ours,
a dark concert writ if spoor.

We go on so informed,
bowed by the dark to see, nearer, nearer the grasses.

Robert Dannenberg  

Robert Dannenberg lives and works in Chicago.

Copyright © 2013 Center for Literary Publishing
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Dannenberg, R.(2013). Three Parts from “After Nature”. Colorado Review 1(3), 113-116. Center for Literary Publishing. Retrieved November 11, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
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EP - 116
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PB - Center for Literary Publishing
SN - 2325-730X
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