Far-Fetched

By Devin Johnston

Via birdcalls and historical songs, rain patter and a child's scribble, the poems in Far-Fetched "sound the empty area / to check how lengthy / how far." They stick with the contours of Appalachian hillsides, Missouri river bends, and distant Australian coastlines, tuning language to panorama. They check in emotional lifestyles with nice care; this can be a paintings of fierce and gentle cognizance to the realm. it's also poetry intended to be heard, alert to the pleasures of sound. As August Kleinzahler has saw, "In Devin Johnston's poetry each syllable is alive; the vowels and consonants mix to make a particular, wonderful, austere music."

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Whatever retains brushing opposed to me! round a plot of ragged mint, the lemon zest of walnut leaves illuminates the garden, brickwork slowly published. overdue OCTOBER young children crowd the hunch backs to a darkened condominium so as regards to not anything but incurious * around the brick façade a kestrel races to satisfy its shadow * Hawk and starling activity via all this rigging of blocks and features counterweights and arbors the road a theater set for storms * a bit of sycamore ornaments the phone line department and trunk gone stump a faint influence simply that cylinder faintly nautical hung in a crown of air * Triple your probabilities to win Take it at twenty-to-one No funds down No religion in wish * Cashing out the bartender croons in case you see me getting smaller Trobar clus remaining time * boys lug a Samsonite filled with leaves around the garden * A starling whets her thorn of beak and music supplies means to daylight on concrete LEAVING domestic after Eudora Welty One beech inside of a iciness wooden glowed with a crown of leaves and slid at the back of the naked bushes, a bit night solar. It traveled with you awhile in ghostly type, your personal crown of hair in faint mirrored image, right here and long gone. COME and notice A Sunday in Saint Louis, the avenues quiet as kingdom lanes. Cabbage whites experience a present of air. Sycamores lean and scrape the sky like schooners no longer but lower than sail, their leaves in tatters. A gentle rustle, a nautical creak. extra faintly nonetheless, sticks clatter at the taking part in box in the back of Our woman of Sorrows. You’ve lived right here thirty, 40 years. all at once a Clydesdale with out tack or rider clip-clops round the nook and trots alongside the yellow strains. A surprise of the Pleistocene, creature of grass and dung, it should have wandered a long way to arrive us, via all hours and seasons, trampling the dirt of each country. From darkish recesses citizens step out to observe, stepping away from busy lives, whatever at the range, a bathtub drawn, the telephone lined like an astonished mouth. SMALL TRIUMPHS alongside the freight backyard, a cop waved me to the facet. home windows down, engine off, I heard the clink of chains and regular brush of pads prior to a couple of elephants entered my left replicate. * A lyrebird at midday! — fossicking for worms. No tune, no éventail plissé of filaments and plumes. Regardless, transparent as day— a lyrebird at midday! * You speak with animation of what you’ve obvious, and the place— proud to were so fortunate, amused to consider so proud. looking for MULLOWAY for Bob Adamson The fisherman makes an appointment by means of map and tidal chart opened up around the naked flooring. Sorting via his equipment, he ties a knot and talks of jewies, now not jew- yet jewelfish for the otolith inside of its ear, a bob for equilibrium just like the bubble of a spirit point. in keeping with lore, a vacationer shines from weeks at the open sea, chilly sluicing alongside its flanks and buffing its delicate scales to chrome, crossing Lord Howe upward push, who is aware why, then domestic prior Lion Island’s head with a malicious program inhaled en direction writhing in its intestine.

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