Excerpt from LANGUAGE by Doug Anderson


This poem appears in our Autumn/Winter 2021 issue. Subscribe today to receive the entire issue or purchase it in digital format.

The way the starlings are swirling together,
spiraling, then coming back together

like a musical chord, is called Za Yin.

But the words call attention to themselves.

I want words that are invisible
so that the thing I’m seeing

is itself, without the ink.
The way love reshapes itself

around the wind and goes on reshaping.

Doug Anderson PoetDOUG ANDERSON has published three books of poems of which The Moon Reflected Fire won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Academy of American Poets. His most recent book is Horse Medicine, from Barrow St. His forthcoming book, Undress, She Said, will be published by Four Way Books in 2022.

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