Excerpt from Proverbs From the Owls by David Vincenti

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The following poem appears in our Fall/Winter 2018 issue. The single issue is available for purchase in print or digital format. It was the first place winner of the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize.

for Elizabeth

In the woods, the only two choices are
quiet and danger. Seeing every direction
is easiest when winter emptiness fills
the forest. If you would hunt at night,
you must not waste even the smallest bit
of light. Majesty requires silence and,
after busy summer evenings, sleep.
Speed is found between the canopy and
the clouds, it will not join you in the nest.
To gain perspective, close one eye,
then the other. For wisdom, close both.

DAVID VINCENTI’S poems have appeared in journals including Presence – A Journal of Catholic Poetryand Edison Literary Review, and anthologies including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems; he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first full-length collection is A Measure of This World: Galileo’s Dialog with the Universe (2015). David lives and writes in New Jersey. (@DVincentiPoet)DAVID VINCENTI’S poems have appeared in journals including Presence – A Journal of Catholic Poetry and Edison Literary Review, and anthologies including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems; he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first full-length collection is A Measure of This World: Galileo’s Dialog with the Universe (2015). David lives and writes in New Jersey. (@DVincentiPoet)

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