Summer 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2005 |

Black Point

I want to say oracle: sea grass: crab cluck:   swollen sheepshead in a fitful sea nodding assent::   I who listened for decades to familiar voicings Now heard Delphic imaginings low and sweet: hallucinogenic as when the dolphin crests in early morning vapor and light mixing on water the leap and splash thunderous: a flight of birds: One piping: syrinx in the wind: a rising sea--- woman behind the bank of ice who says no crabs today: hours in a small boat I converse with sea meadows fish human nature: look and remember:: the zigzag to Black Point: Corycian Cove: with my questions: alone suddenly in panic---luminous neck of a snake become a turtle: black and white tattered fish--- then the sort of trance: beneath sense some early rune: I've traveled to hear this sound.

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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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