Now the lash-light shadowless, the clouds
a murky rife of clods—an ashy bog’s
grayness, and somewhere on the wind
the winter’s end’s first bird—sharp as a shard
of feldspar, even in this static that lacks
all but lack—one counterpoint to note
river-rise, gully-slanders, leaf-lushness
under a sun all astutter, and nights
the moon’s phases yoke tides tireless, violent
and blinding, binding waters
to their ways. The fish feel the surface dapple,
flecked in storm falls, blue-bleak,
truest chapel that breaks down, forces
love to rebuild itself forever.
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 www.awrightawright.com.
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.