Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 Poetry |

Two Views

                      1 Into the laterals and faults of strata Whose linear seams are like memory, Water wades its way, settling matters In small aquifers, incised meanders; Then floods over a landscape that teaches Planes are only so much sediment, Silt the slow ocean of any reach.   Think travertine and serpentine mantel- high in living rooms, or kames and tills Scattered like loose change, the marvelous marble Of dolomite and metamorphic rock, Or granite now as coolingly aloof As someday overhead… small seismic self Feeling a gust rattle years through the roof.   Meanwhile, there's still the phone and mail, the door, And the reassuring fact the fault's not yours As you've not budged. Not even the cat crosses the floor. Outside, the world's continuum of nests Is full of cries announcing differences, While mineshaft down, the brittle shale of self Waits, certain of

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Wyatt Prunty’s latest poetry collection is Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise. He lives in Sewanee, where he is the Ogden D. Carlton Professor in Sewanee’s English Department. He directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Tennessee Fellowship Series. He edits the Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Series.

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