Summer 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 3 Poetry |

Reading the Map

 An anniversary     Whatever bearing you select, Eventually your path will intersect Such variance in elevation you will find you need A topographic map for where things lead.     Brunton Pocket Transit opened, Orient yourself so compass rose, legend, and Coordinates confirm the route You've picked. That done, pack up, set out,     Following the arguments of contour lines, From rock and rise to water and decline To where, in order it be accurate, Cartography exaggerates.     By scale, that bridge your map identifies Should be invisible, but there it lies, As bold in print and pixel-wide As the hurried river it divides,     Past which the landscape's slow relief Devolves with roll and slip beneath Every step you take, following a trail That, in order to be read, is inaccurate to scale,     As map and compass make one motion Out of strike, dip, fault, contact, and foliation, Weaving and woven where roads an

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Wyatt Prunty’s latest poetry collection is Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise. He lives in Sewanee, where he is the Ogden D. Carlton Professor in Sewanee’s English Department. He directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Tennessee Fellowship Series. He edits the Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Series.

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