ISSUE 49
November 2010

Andrés Rodríguez

 

Andrés Rodriguez Andrés Rodríguez is the author of Night Song (Tía Chucha Press) and Book of the Heart: The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats (Lindisfarne Press). His poems have appeared in Hubbub, New York Quarterly, Harvard Review, and Cortland Review. In 2007 he won Poets & Writers’ Maureen Egan Award in Poetry.

Silverfish    


Walden splits in two in my hands—
white flakes of gone bindery,
leaf litter or lumps of snow,
and it's summer, not fall or winter,
too early for the turnings we await,
the sky's glamorous face,
ice bending the trees . . .

I read of ducks sitting in the middle
of the pond to avoid the hunter
when something flashes, slips past,
undulating across the desktop,
snaking through reeds of pencils and pens
to wait at the edge of metal shore,
a pikeman in coelacanth form.

What would the woodland hermit say
of the idea and shape, the likeness
that comes by chance? Imagination
uncoils from the spine of a book,
as in the woods, reading late into night,
he saw soldier ants resurface at will,
clashing in the margins of Troy.

 

 

Andrés Rodríguez: Poetry
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