for Jean-Luc Mylayne
Or the vision that holds at its razorpoint the feathers of a bird goes blue. Each sleepless- ness framed, behind, by this whine of insects. So a shutter, lifted, offers to looking the very oracular interior of that openness into which bird inserts itself. Its song shortening when there is wind. Comes the visible and its remainder, a blur, what? Tittering at lower and lower luminance. That the accompaniment might be sufficiently responsive.
Copyright © 2010 by Forrest Gander. Used with permission of the author.
Forrest Gander is the author of several poetry collections, including Be With (New Directions, 2018), winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He currently serves on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.
Date Published: 2010-09-30
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/witness-0