Spring 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2007 |

Over Easy

Cloud cover like a lid on.     Thwarted trees. And three more hours of highway to be rid of. My darlings don't want         a book on tape. They want a little indie rock, they want to melt     the tweeters, they want mama in the trunk so they can have some un-         remarked-on fun. Fine. I've got my window, I can contemplate     the flatness of Ohio. I can think about the ghastly things we've leached into          the topsoil, I can marvel that the scabrous fields will still accept the plow. Except     some liquid thing is happening just behind the trees, some narrow sub-         cutaneous infusion where the darkening earth and darker strato-     cumulus have not yet sealed their hold. A pooling         fed by needle drip: pellucid, orange, a tincture I would almost call unnatural were     it not so plainly nature- born. Till

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Linda Gregerson’s most recent book, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

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