CATAFALQUE

Angel of the gap thrills to floodwaters

Like a man slapped by a man slapped,

Newsworthy Africa.

 

How much of the world fits or is navigable

Depends entirely upon thrilling angels.

Pins and needles, the neural system of

Lacustrine, riverine, and lately

This pain in my groin rising

Creaturely.

 

Horizon shuns the morning star this morning.

English overtops the trees with prophecy.

Clement waters, misplaced by mountains,

Seek new outlets, finding only

You and me. And I’m not there.

 

 

 

Donald Revell is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently of Drought-Adapted Vine (2015) and Tantivy (2012), both from Alice James Books. He is Professor of English at the University of Nevada– Las Vegas & Black Mountain Institute.

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