POETRY

Imagines*

D.A. Powell
D.A. Powell
Pause with this poem by D.A. Powell, a Bay Area poet who has been honored with the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

what else moves like a river
a hand erasing its shadow
as it writes in green ink

cheep and trill among the rushes
exhausted sigh of atoms on the air

careful not to repeat myself
I repeat myself

the moon tonight
I can’t tell you
it’s too good

* Imago, n. The final metamorphic stage for certain insects (pl. imagines).

D.A. Powell’s books include Repast (Graywolf Press, 2014) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press, 2012). He teaches at the University of San Francisco.

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