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Alice Friman

Alice Friman

Alice Friman's latest collection is The View from Saturn (LSU 2014). Her previous collection, Vinculum (LSU 2011), won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. She won a 2012 Pushcart Prize and is included in Best Amerian Poetry 2009. Friman is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College.

Irretrievable


Late September and the trees
have begun their letting go.
Egged on by a wind-howling    
rain whipped up by thunder,
they pitch and thrash,
turning their leaves
like eyes up to the silver side,
rapt in a wrap of memory
greener than any season's worth.

I watch their sweet torment,  
and how in the interval
between gusts they grow still,
as if to say what happened
didn't really happen, for see
how quiet we are.

And I am pulled back
to gaze again and then again
at what I saw and what I was.

 

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