May 31, 2011

Poem-A-Day: Cynthia Zarin, Birch

Academy of American Poets

May 31, 2011

Today's poem is from The Ada Poems, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Reprinted with permission.

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    Birch
    by Cynthia Zarin

    Bone-spur, stirrup of veins—white colt
    a tree, sapling bone again, worn to a splinter,
    a steeple, the birch aground

    in its ravine of leaves. Abide with me, arrive
    at its skinned branches, its arms pulled
    from the sapling, your wrist taut,

    each ganglion a gash in the tree's rent
    trunk, a child's hackwork, love plus love,
    my palms in your fist, that

    trio a trident splitting the birch, its bark
    papyrus, its scars calligraphy,
    a ghost story written on

    winding sheets, the trunk bowing, dead is
    my father
    , the birch reading the news
    of the day aloud as if we hadn't

    heard it, the root moss lit gas,
    like the veins on your ink-stained hand—
    the birch all elbows, taking us in.

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    May 30, 2011

    Poem-A-Day: Margaret Young, Get Used To It

    Academy of American Poets

    May 30, 2011

    Today's poem is from Almond Town, published by Bright Hill Press. Reprinted with permission.

    Read more about this book.




    Related Poems

  • A Poison Tree
    by William Blake
  • Abandonment Under the Walnut Tree
    by D. A. Powell
  • An Apple Gathering
    by Christina Rossetti
  • Arbolé, Arbolé . . .
    by Federico García Lorca
  • Before the Snake
    by Nathaniel Tarn

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    Get Used To It
    by Margaret Young

    Wake up, even Monday the cup's still full,
    lettuce rosette-ing up between sandstone scraps
    by back steps where ladybugs swarm in
    to die or lay eggs, some say, death-march
    or birth-march looking about the same.
    The rust of barn-sides: different chemical effect
    than rust of oak-copse, burning with late fervor
    beyond reaped cornfields.

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