Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Water in the River


Go down to a riverbank
Go where boulders grow by the water
Water whose surface reflects color and light
Water whose underside swirls in eddies and currents
Currents hurrying toward a big river
Currents moving downstream toward the sea
Sea calm and sea roaring
Sea full of mystery
Mystery of shallows and depths
Mystery of ships and shells
Shells containing life containing absence
Shells smooth as pearl or broken
Broken ships on the floor of the sea
Broken lives there
There in the sea the river finds itself
There the jagged shells consume the ocean
Ocean full of the water of all rivers
Ocean full of rain and rolling
Rolling waves under an extravagance of clouds
Rolling cumulus hovering over water and land
Land that was born of the sea
Land that was volcano pushing up in fire
Fire born out of Earth’s deepest places
Fire throwing lava and steam into the air
Air where no one is watching
Air of destiny and imagination
Imagination the place the mind makes
Imagination the water dancer
Dancer on the platforms of dusk
Dancer pirouetting across a wake
Wake of moon across water
Wake the ferry makes crossing the sound
Sound of horn enlarged in the fog
Sound of warning
Warning that darkness waits to come down
Warning rising over the islands
Islands that long ago rose from the sea
Islands of night where the people are asleep
A sleep of dreams as if risen from nothing
A sleep where nothing and everything is true
True are the great blue gray greens of the ocean
True are the rainbowed surfaces of rivers
Rivers come around again here to make a world
Rivers shining on a late August morning
Morning
World

 

Patricia Fargnoli, a former NH Poet Laureate’s latest book is Winter, 2013.  She has published 3 previous award-winning books: Then,Something; Duties of the Spirit; Necessary Light and 3 chapbooks.  A Macdowell fellow, she’s published over 300 poems in literary journals such as: Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly, Harvard Review, et. al.


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