- Red Cluster, Mid-Summer
after a sketch by George Baselitz
One part, darkened, reddened, hangs until it can no longer be a bird or shredded nest and I must take it for something come too soon, of the tree, but growing more adamantly into the available spot of sun to be lit, as any crown plotting for future manifestations and glints of might – yes, the taller, the more greenly translucent the tree, mid-summer, the more that red-brown windfall looks wholly unaccountable.
Lia Purpura’s latest collection of essays, On Looking, is forthcoming from Sarabande Press in 2006. She is the author of Increase (U Georgia P), winner of the Associated Writing Programs Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and two books of poetry, The Brighter the Veil (Orchises P) and Stone Sky Lifting (Ohio State UP).