Excerpt from Why I Read the Bible by Michael T. Young

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The following poem appears in our Spring/Summer 2019 issue. The entire issue is available in print or digital format. Or, you can purchase a subscription and save.

I realized I’m a tree
with an ethereal thirst.
My head sways in earth,
leafing the long roads,
and shadowing rivers.
My roots vein the sky
knuckling through and deep
into the darker side of its blue.
Of all that waters, only
these words defy weather,
only these words rain up
and reach that high.

MICHAEL T. YOUNG’S third full-length collection, The Infinite Doctrine of Water, was published by Terrapin Books. His other collections include, The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost, and Transcriptions of Daylight. He received a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and his chapbook, Living in the Counterpoint, received the Jean Pedrick Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Cimarron ReviewThe Cortland ReviewLunch Ticket, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. He lives with his wife, children, and cats in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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