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Callaloo 25.4 (2002) 1022

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Road Ikon

Ed Roberson

Vacant black square
      windshield eye
the glistening muzzle teeth
      of the tractor
      trailer grill,
the fuming mirage
      of asphalt breath, burning
      earth, it lifts over:
Road monster       meso-
      american in
      its ikonic visage

Or should be a       Tula stone
      temple summit,
      from a view on the ascent
up those stairs, appears
      to dawn rising over
      the termination of the steps
the horizon
      of the pyramid top
      but instead,
here       the tops of these hills
      these mountains       have the wings
      of two exhaust clouds,

the eon thunder as
      their eighteen gears,
      the face of weather
here a truck rising over the hill
      Who doubted the force of that collision
      with these spirits
doubted it could throw your centuries
            into your face       into its heart

                  Spirit of
      The place       the nature


Ed Roberson is author of a number of volumes of poems, including When Thy King Is a Boy, Lucid Interval as Integral Music, Voices Cast Out To Talk Us In (winner of the 1995 Iowa Poetry Prize), and Just In: Word of Navigational Change, New and Selected Work (winner of the 1998 National Poetry Series Competition). He lives in New Jersey.



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