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Brian Swann

Brian Swann has published a number of books in a number of genres. His forthcoming book, Born in the Blood: On Translating Native American Literature, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press (2011).

Winter 1988

Carthage

By Brian Swann

From the window I can see the TV dumped over the bridge, its cathode and screen shattered into water that stays, and is sharp. Inside the window, winter tulips shipped […]

Winter 1988

Worlds

By Brian Swann

          To Leo and Nora Lionni From east of north, above the olives’ frost-dead twigs, across Scorpio and its once great star Odysseus sailed by—the Perseids comet shower. In another world […]

Winter 1988

Marriage

By Brian Swann

Even if the light go out; even if I’m told “There’s nothing more” . . I’ll still remain. For one can always watch.                RILKE I stop on the back porch […]

Spring 1986

The Beginning of the World

By Brian Swann

It’s the open skin of children,private keys like roseson stones, resurrection inthe half-light of dirt.The room is half-discovered,half-forgotten. A hundred eyeswatch the web where forestshang, reduced to seed. Feargallops away, […]

Spring 1986

Märchen

By Brian Swann

I trace the mare’s tail that could swishstars from her back. Her nostrils couldtake in the world. Above a frieze of jade treesthe moon, red with insect blood, rocksa slow […]

Spring 1986

Names

By Brian Swann

Nocturnal restorer, honeysuckle scent,you creep up on us, familiar as loss.And our fears fall away. Each cutcalls for its name, and we can give it now.Loneliness we call liberator: the […]

Fall 1981

Heron

By Brian Swann

He fished up the sun at the time of the falling  of all things, and swallowed its fire. The people revived. Time and the mind  began. Breath they took from […]