Fall 1980 • Vol. II No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1980 |

News from Fort Ancient

platinum is the best curefor cancersince we can't find gold— James Wright, 1927-1980           Don't ask me, now, Jim Wright, why this place comes to mind but it is not arrowhead imagery I look for, and the Indian burial mounds embanked against the swivel and pull of the Little Miami won't bring you back to Ohioan in this life, your soft glottals and dirty jokes forever lost in the atmosphere of swans however dead and the oil leaks from the cavity of the larynx and lungs from which you sang.  You could cover it with platinum but the satchel grew heavy in translation: Chinese, old German, a quaint, greasy Yiddish, Spanish jazz, even from the mountains of César Vallejo, even from the lips of Coltrane, the breakaway backbone dice of Little Crow.  I knew a horse that did not sing at the nearest cornerpost in a field full of alfalfa; he knew he didn't belong there and so did I; I took the udder of meat that hung from the mane of Crazy Horse and made his enc

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Michael S. Harper was a poet, scholar, and teacher. His many books of poetry earned him multiple awards including the National Institute of Arts and Letters Creative Writing Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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