Plague Nights (excerpt)
Night 547Silence pasturesgreat wounds here.Aquinasis one of them.At the celestialthresholdof movementa dignity, pretense.Pretendto spirit. To thememorial noon, ohalf-impoverishment.Silenceparts the ruin,for you it seems.You stepinto the wound,its consentingchoir.Its elegant organswith almostvisiblechords, remarkthem.Its metric idlenessso shapelyit could neverbe an animal.
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G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are The Earliest Witnesses (Tupelo/Carcanet, 2021) and feast gently (Tupelo, 2018), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Recent work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Paris Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Yale Review, The Nation, New American Writing, Conjunctions, and other journals. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University.
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