July/Aug 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 4 Poetry |

& Everything After

The Kenyon Review · Two Poems by Michael Metivier Every August the daylilies nod & under their own weight crush down in a circle of stems and limp bells & every August I forget, imagining a deer has chosen our home to bed beside, sleeping inches from where we sleep, dreaming of ourselves perched in high hides masked with beech leaves as they leap and browse, safe in sunlit pasture, & every August you remind me it’s just lilies that have died leaving a column of air in their absence, & when I start to argue you remind me that despite it all, despite it all, they will return.

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Michael Metivier’s poems and essays have appeared in publications including Poetry, EcoTheo Review, Crazyhorse, African American Review, LAAB, and Northern Woodlands. He lives with his wife and daughters in Vermont.

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