Summer 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 3 Poetry |

After a New Moon

Each evening you gaze in the southwest sky as a crescent extends in argentine light. When the moon was new, your mind was desireless, but now both wax to the world. While your neighbors field is cleared, your corner plot is strewn with dessicated sunflower stalks. You scrutinize the bare apricot limbs that have never set fruit, the wisteria that has never blossomed, and wince, hearing how, at New Year's, teens bashed in a door and clubbed strangers. Near a pond, someone kicks a dog out of a pickup. Each second, a river edged with ice shifts course. Last summer's exposed tractor tire is nearly buried under silt. An owl lifts from a poplar, while the moon, no, the human mind moves from brightest bright to darkest dark.

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Arthur Sze’s latest book is The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2021). He is the recipient of a 2022 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation and also of the 2021 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His expanded edition of translations of Chinese poetry, The Silk Dragon II, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the spring of 2024.

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