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a furious hunger for simplicity

–Tomas Tranströmer

The hawk-cluttered sky tangles with
clouds tossed in wind’s tomfoolery;
stealthy, amnesiac light loiters,
poulticing blights of seasons past
(though spirit stores hard-copy, gusts
etch data in memory). Will chill not
numb our faults’ persistent aches?

There’s refreshment in searing wind—
what it doesn’t savage it may salve:
January’s regimen acts astringent to the
wayward, bewildered spirit, shearing
layers of deceit from rimed thought,
cleansing mind (almost) for another
attempt at snagging the apple’s savor.

At the verge of green depths, clarity;
yet veiled within (always) the tentative—
deer stock-still scenting the wind
birds converging on the hour of migration
leaves tuned to life-sap’s orchestration
to spew fireworks against the sky.

In clefts deep in mountains hues spill
for no eye: keener, more vivid perhaps,
tonalities of birdsong, clapperless bells
quickening pulse through brilliant sky,
attuned to a discerning ear that might
sate our furious hunger for simplicity.

Peter McNamara  

Peter McNamara’s poetry is compiled in four volumes, most recently Sojourn and a chapbook, Orbit’s Crossing, published by St. Andrews University Press. His works as a lyricist/librettist, principally with composer Dean X. Johnson, include East River Bridge, an opera for the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, and Anthem of Love and Hope, a choral ode for victims of AIDS. He has published translations from Garcia Lorca, Neruda, and Castellon; is a founder of the Southern Vermont Poetry Co-op; and has been honored as a Ronald H. Bayes Writer-in-Residence and with the Newcomb Prize, Merilh Medal, and grants from the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Copyright © 2014 University of Tampa Press
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Peter McNamara. "Discernment." Tampa Review 47.1 (2014): 26-26. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
McNamara, P.(2014). Discernment. Tampa Review 47(1), 26. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Peter McNamara. "Discernment." Tampa Review 47, no. 1 (2014): 26-26. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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PB - University of Tampa Press
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