July/Aug 2018 • Vol. XL No. 4 Poetry |

Trawler

In first light, a raucous, repeating cry of a bird— you squint at the ocean, where the edge of far water, darker than sky, limns the curving horizon; a white trawler inches along the coast, and white specks of other times appear—bobbing in waves that break behind you and roll onto a Kilauea beach; a mushroom rises below a palm tree, unfolds a convex cap: the cap flattens and releases spores into the air—waves of pleasure run through your body and hers; in early light, bathing at an outdoor shower, shadows of palm leaves against a wall, a single plumeria blossom on a tree— and, wherever you are, the moon pulls, in waves breaking and receding, breaking and receding along a coast.

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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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