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  • Forces of Nature
  • Geoffrey Brock (bio)

This autumn morning, after the freeze,They held a summit of the trees.Motions were made and seconded,And all the ochre, brown, and redSnowed down. Each ruined crown agrees:

Today is a day for obsequies.And since there hasn’t been a breeze,The colors haven’t mixed; insteadOur hill is a map of colonies  this autumn morning:

Ochre, the land of the hackberries;Red, of the maple—geographiesThat spur my daughter to grab her sledAnd raise those nations of the dead,Scorning and smearing their boundaries  this autumn morning. [End Page 104]

Geoffrey Brock

geoffrey brock is the author of two collections of poems, the editor of The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and the translator of numerous books from Italian and French. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Translation at the University of Arkansas. *

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Additional Information

ISSN
2165-2651
Print ISSN
1553-1775
Pages
p. 104
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-18
Open Access
No
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