New poems by alumnus Brian Blanchfield (poetry, ’99) appear online in H_NGM_N:
Wheelwright & Smith
A wheelwright in the glen trains his young
son on the forge and the while cures his deer
meat at the spring. The water cold and swift
makes it last. Trains his son, that is,
to shape and cool the hitch. A hitch
is anything one carries from spring to hilltop
like a son, or is a hard bulb universal. There are both
meanings. A freight on wheels drags against the trail
but for the wheels. The trail can lead
over passes and dales full of dwellings
providence has had to ditch…
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By and By
At the end of the meadow riven
in the longest dream by the young lead
kicking the reeds with boots brazenly,
if we are to see his distance by then as a ray
extending still hours over years
we might admire the stage of it.
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