After a long time the water lowers and the feet find sharp passage, the shale smooth after centuries, the redness of dawns springs undulate and myriad, the arteries of a fallen body: mother of frostweed into winter’s bluest storms Tell me where to turn. tell me how to drench— numb the heart, stoke the brain from ember back to flame

when the fall tells the hills are steep uneven ground, and a man is nothing the rotten wood gone, the rictus of his smile his blood now washed of ice-melts summer-held inassimilable gone to the subatomic Father whose child has risen into transfixed hands, gray fingers striking Northeast breach How does your arc brand to blast to palpitant growth to grain and scar?

its lie with shadow rooted clots, but bone under his skull, beautiful, by forces and flared as memory, outwash of a broken time, a terrible season, gnarled by clouds: the elms like matches: and frigid stars singe the body, the pulse warmth sewn.

AMY WRIGHT is the author of Everything in the Universe (Iris Press 2016), Cracker Sonnets (Brick Road Poetry Press 2016), and five chapbooks. She is also Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Austin Peay State University. Some of her work, which has appeared in Brevity, Kenyon Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other journals, is online at
WILLIAM WRIGHT is author of nine collections of poetry: five full-length books, including Tree Heresies (Mercer University Press, 2015) and Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011) and four chapbooks. William Wright is series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, a multivolume series celebrating contemporary writing of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. He is coeditor with Daniel Cross Turner of Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (University of South Carolina, 2016), as well as coeditor with Daniel Westover of two books focused on the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the first of which was recently released by Clemson University Press: The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins. Additionally, William Wright serves as assistant editor for Shenandoah and translates German poetry. Winner of the Porter Fleming Prize in Poetry, the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize, the Georgia Center for the Book Prize for the fifth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology (listed as one of “twenty books all Georgians should read”), and the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry, Wright has recently published in The Kenyon Review, Oxford American, The Greensboro Review, The Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review. He is married to the fiction writer Michelle Wright.