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Draft of a Landscape

after Paul Celan

              The hare’s
              dust pelt

against the juniper’s sky

in the eye uncovered
a question clear

in the wing
              of the day and the predator

that writes
the animal’s luck, too.

Where is tomorrow?
Will tomorrow be beautiful?

Someone will answer.
Someone will remember

that dustcolored
              tragedy, incidental, belonging

to no one, arriving before
as a flock of cranes

protracted in a long descent
winging blind

to field—the days
are beautiful.


Copyright © 2016 by Juliet Patterson. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on August 11, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“‘Draft of a Landscape’ uses Paul Celan’s poem 'In The Daylight' and loosely follows the rules of the Golden Shovel, an acrostic form created by Terrance Hayes. The words from Celan’s poem appear as the last word in the lines of the poem, but not in exact order. The title of the poem is also from Celan.”
—Juliet Patterson


Juliet Patterson

Juliet Patterson is the author of Threnody (Nightboat Books, 2016), forthcoming in October.

Date Published: 2016-08-11

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