Winter 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 1 Poetry |

Apple Tree

No choice for the apple tree. And after the surgeon's chainsaw, from one stubbon root two plumes of tree now leaf and even blossom, sky's cool blue between them, whereas on my left hand not a single lifeline but three deep equal channels—            O my soul, it is not a small thing, to have made from three this one, this one life.

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Ellen Bryant Voigt’s eighth volume of poetry, Headwaters, was published in 2013. “Rubato” appeared in Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She has also published The Flexible Lyric, a collection of essays on craft, and The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

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Rubato

By Ellen Bryant Voigt

No choice for the apple tree. And after the surgeon's chainsaw, from one stubbon root two plumes of tree now leaf and even blossom, sky's cool blue between them, whereas […]

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