Drought-Adapted Vine by Donald Revell

By Donald Revell

Donald Revell pushes obstacles among phrases and track, transcending our present thought of attractiveness and innocence. own reminiscence, the visionary, the eccentric, and the divine intertwine among networks of news that attach earlier and current via paint strokes, composition, and pastoral lyric. natural of center poems lie down in a colourful box of paradox, basking gratefully within the sunlight of unknowing.

Donald Revell has authored 11 collections of poetry, such a lot lately Tantivy (2012) and The sour Withy (2009). Winner of the PEN united states Translation Award and two-time winner of the PEN united states Award for Poetry, he has additionally gained the Academy of yank Poets' Lenore Marshall Prize and is a former Fellow of the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. also, he has two times been offered fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the humanities. Former editor-in-chief of Denver Quarterly, he now serves as poetry editor of Colorado Review. Revell is the director of graduate reports and professor of English on the collage of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Qxd 6/17/04 10:27 AM Page 18 Here in Katmandu 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 r37 l38 We have climbed the mountain. There’s nothing more to do. It is terrible to come down To the valley Where, amidst many flowers, One thinks of snow, As, formerly, amidst snow, Climbing the mountain, One thought of flowers, Tremulous, ruddy with dew, In the valley. One caught their scent coming down. It is difficult to adjust, once down, To the absence of snow.

It is the lurch and slur the world makes turning. It is the sound of turning, of a wheel Or hand-cranked grinder turning, though more pomp To this, more fiery particles struck off At each revolve; and the last turn reveals The darker side of what was light before. qxd 6/17/04 10:27 AM Page 33 Six stars shine through the dark, and half a moon! Night birds go spiralling upward with a flash Of silvery underwings, silver ascendings, The light of stars and of the moon their light, And water lilies open to the moon, The moon in wrinkles on the water’s face.

I publish of my folk how they have prospered With something in the eyes perhaps inherent, Or great-winged nose, bespeaking an acquaintance, Not casual and not recent, with a monster, Citing, as an example of some courage, That aunt, long gone, who kept one in a bird cage Thirty-odd years in shape of a green parrot, Nor overcame her fears, yet missed no feeding, Thrust in the crumbs with thimbles on her fingers. I had an uncle, long of arm and hairy, Who seldom spoke in any lady’s hearing Lest that his tongue should light on aught unseemly, Yet he could treat most kindly with us children Touching that beast, wholly imaginary, Which, hunting once, his hounds had got the wind of.

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