Spring 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 2 Poetry |

Florida

1. Long before you turned on the light, I heard hurricane fill the oak. As morning flowers from hell, little hellish flames, we are still here. Let's ask how dayfly makes its hours   and oak what it feels to be in the ground. Let's talk to the devil himself, licking the tepid blooms of the hibiscus like the venomous snake. 2. Turpentine sweated us through summer slaking our skin trees bled and burned while faces in the forest a sea of pine stumps the fire the spring that's to say the ground water to drink when found the hands the feel within the heart an ailing bird over the sand how low it flew a song blown through air we want to remember song we want to sing and dream sweet things. 3. Sing as grandfather heron soars— franhnkh, franhnkh—the first heart morning makes. Sing fantasia, el lagarto, and the waters dance, all hours of the spring. 4. Plovers huddle on the last piece of l

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Carol Frost has published eleven books of poems, most recently Honeycomb, which won the 2010 Florida Book Award. Trilogy is forthcoming in 2014 from Tupelo Press. She is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English at Rollins College.

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