|November 8th, 1999|
At Night On The River
by John Engels
Excerpt from: Big Water
When night comes in, wary
as a trout, ready in an instant
to shrink back
on the kernel of darkness
from which it hatched
I've thought it might be worth dying
just to drown and be buried here.
You need to stand
to you knees in the Winooski at night all night
in wait for the back flow
of darkness, the river meantime
crushing waders onto skin, muscle, blood, bone.
John Engels has taught English Literature at St. Michaels's College in Winooski, Vermont for many years. He is the author of five books of poetry, including The Homer Mitchell Place, Vivaldi in Early Fall, and Weather-Fear, for which he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is recognized as one of America's finest poets. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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