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Plane of Last Scattering
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The image repeats, back and back in threaded time
like a hall of mirrors, a spinal column ascending,
regular, unbending, proud standard of cartilage, bone,
disc to lead us up and up. Then a flood of wheaten

gold pouring in, a groundwater carrying saffron, a hint
of crimson, palest daffodil cup blonde and waving
in sun. These might be the notches enabling us to climb
out of ourselves—and so, hand over hand, the path.

Tracery of bird flight, not mallard or heron straight
but with the woodpeckers' evading, curvy, up, down, up,
though still direct from point A to B. Abundant sheer

pleasure of repetition, the day come again—old friend—
to serve us. If learning how to live were simple flight—
or the magical extension of wings curving to cup air.

Patricia Clark  

Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of four volumes of poetry—North of Wondering, My Father on a Bicycle, She Walks Into the Sea, and Sunday Rising, published in February 2013 by Michigan State University Press. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, appears widely in periodicals including The Atlantic, Gettysburg Review, Slate, and Poetry.

Copyright © 2013 University of Tampa Press
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Patricia Clark. "Plane of Last Scattering." Tampa Review 45.1 (2013): 26-26. Project MUSE. Web. 7 Aug. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Clark, P.(2013). Plane of Last Scattering. Tampa Review 45(1), 26. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Patricia Clark. "Plane of Last Scattering." Tampa Review 45, no. 1 (2013): 26-26. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed August 7, 2013).
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