Issue 5: Independent vs. Representative Voice
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program


Stephen Ratcliffe

streaked sparrow pecking up seeds from table in left corner,  
diagonal grey cloud slanting across ridge beyond it, sound   
of small plane passing overhead     
                                 woman on stage claiming   
he's done a great deal with words that look like pictures,   
the poet wanting to "rush the blood to some other point"     
woman on phone noting show of Charles Henri Ford in Chelsea,   
posters and letters and four stunning Tchelitchews, asking   
"where are all the many others"     
                                 white triangle of water   
moving across blue-white plane in lower right foreground,   
film of high thin white cloud in pale blue sky above it  
-> from HUMAN / NATURE 2.2  

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