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From “My Life with Andy Goldsworthy”

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 3, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 144-145 | 10.1353/col.2013.0091

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[what work was (my life as a Nyingma monk)]

I volunteered to thwart
advancing wisteria,

to skim molten slag &
pour castings, clean sprues

& wire brush statues
14 hours each day. I lacked

sacred vows. I living on
Tin Barn Road & spotted,

(twice) from my porch, whales
draped in white bed sheets.

I smoked, marveled at lichen
who grew wild on redwoods.

Mother Pacific deposited
cold in my Carhartt each day.

Am I a Buddha? I thought,
knee-deep in concrete pours,

my legs leaden & sapped,
my trowel planing the surface,

glasses duct taped, scratches
cross-hatching each lens.

I drank Gunpowder tea & lost
track of hours, connections, my crisp

talent for punch lines, asking
each breath for more life

Kevin Phan  

Kevin Phan is a recent graduate from the Michigan MFA program. He's currently on fellowship. His work can be found in Pleiades, Fiddlehead, Sentence, CutBank, Gulf Coast, and Fence.

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