Winter 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 1 Poetry |

Night Blindness

Where will you be when I return to the town that once forced me out. I was well-lost in the eastern cities, running for trains and burning down, in my chest and worth, what might matter―one breath-held flash of a heron, brooding, evening-like, through the metallic racket of wheels. No more stalemates of feeling, no more bitterness from the throats of those lucky enough to live where it is still possible to hear sounds not shaped by cars. And if I have been scarred, it is only because I gave up those woods and the long nightfall of color. If you are there upon my return I will ask you to bring the hushed forms to my door―the deer and clouds in icy tulle above the sleep-pocked yards. If you refuse to make sense of what appears in you I will not quarrel. I am defiant only because it keeps me from downtroddenness. Under a moon of argent, the mountains ripple in moth-thinness―hey would be crushed if you touched them―and the old oaks bracing the streets, the movie theatre whose pl

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Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Nightfields. She teaches at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

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