| MADISON, WISCONSIN
31 MAY 2008
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This is how I picture it.
There is a field
It contains several birds.
closing my eyes. There
It takes one minute away from me.
It puts light where the branches should be.
I have erased a few branches.
I have erased your ankles.
I have recited nothing.
But some thank you
They see it on my face.
This field walks through me.
I thought I had gotten rid of everything.
after the fact collect in the rungs
from across the way, it adjusts as clouds
to expect them strikes us as ignoble,
adjectives and other things we can
in a long disinterested quiet. Old age. I prefer to be reminded
that each time we preferred different
and lay them back up in the eaves, hinged to the earth in their own way. Maybe someone
also resigned to his own stories. Someone must be the servant
while you sleep.
It is the open season. We assemble trees
at an age for serving life. In the clearing
we have an audience. Like an ancient, familiar radio
two of us play tribe, the only creatures alive.
Come here. Light up. Like a trumpet I burst
out laughing. The better off we are. See our great cities flow
and collapse. Multiple happy
explosions rocket in increment.
The trees scoop us up in their mahogany arms. The flames
die out. Is it dawn? we howl. Think of then, we write.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Over the last 4 months
We opened our notebook
RAY HSU is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His first poetry collection, Anthropy, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published poems in The Walrus, New American Writing, and Fence. Hsu won a Humanities Exposed Evjue Research Award for establishing a creative writing community and GED tutoring program in a prison. He was featured in Heart of a Poet, a documentary series on the television network Bravo.