Fall 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 4 Poetry |

The Unfolding Center

1 Tea leaves in a black bowl:     green snail spring waiting to unfurl.         Nostrils flared, I inhale: expectancy's a seed—     we planted two rows         of sunflowers then drove to Colorado— no one could alter the arrival     of the ambulance,         the bulged artery; I had never seen one hundred crows     gathered at the river,         vultures circling overhead; I saw no carcass, smelled no rot;     the angers radiating from him         like knives in sunlight; I sit at a river branching off a river:     three vultures on cottonwood branches         track my movement; surrounded by weeds, I cut     two large sunflower heads off         six-foot stalks, Apache plume blossoms near the gate; we wake     and embrace, embrace and wake,         my finger

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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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