Summer/Fall 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1999 |

Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man’s Footsteps #19

1. Man Burning a Field The growth underfoot, the amputated remains. Heraclitus watches the change from earth to air by way of fire. He observes from a distance called "time." The merely molecular dispersion of that which was a Greek. The stubble in smoke casts a dark net. The dry stumps rise, disperse and settle back into the earth. He has work to do, the igniter of next season, the flame thrower. His silhouette follows and frightens the man with the hoe. His hand afire a version of the reaper with his scythe. Before the burning, we were innocent amidst the grain. Afterwards, we had knowledge of intention, we had memory. No Eden, no kingdom-come, no nirvana. This charred dust in limbo, this sacrificial gulp of air. Literally takes your breath away. 2. Vertigo He couldn't walk across the hanging bridge a second time. Became one of those drivers nervous on a span. Images of others driven over lying on the car floor. Fear of burying one's head in the sand. Placing furnitu

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Marvin Bell, retired from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches for the low-residency M.F.A. program based at Pacific University in Oregon. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Iowa City, Iowa, and Port Townsend, Washington. Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems appeared in 2011 and After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (a collaboration with Christopher Merrill) will be released in 2016.

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1. Man Burning a Field The growth underfoot, the amputated remains. Heraclitus watches the change from earth to air by way of fire. He observes from a distance called "time." […]

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