Spring 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 2 Poetry |

Wandering Castle

The door kept galloping backwards into the wine-dark wood but the music behind it grew louder by the bar and increasingly out of tune. And what a wake of crushed lady slippers! What dazed chanterelles, black aconite, and a cultivar of fern whose shape calls to mind the three-blade titanium propellers of our ballyhooed aircraft, all the powerful metaphors and much fond feeling made possible by the conquest of the air, that steadfastness on which to build a nation, an identity! But the door kept retreating into a cloud bank as voices on the other side grew firmer, now adamant, the rudderless music and rumble of bad dancing long since terminated. No laughter ever came of it, but nuts were cracked to illustrate the point. Only in the lulls between life’s peaks did we find any rest, lasting always downwards of seven minutes, before the door struck new ways to evade us, like moving itself onto the stock market or splitting off into abstraction,

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Timothy Donnelly’s fourth book of poems, Chariot, will be published this spring by Wave Books. His previous collections include The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and The Problem of the Many (Wave Books, 2019), winner of the inaugural Big Other Award for Poetry. Donnelly teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.

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