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

from HUMAN / NATURE

Stephen Ratcliffe

 
 
 
 
2.2  
 
 
planet in faint blue whiteness of sky above still dark  
 
tobacco plant leaves, sound of red-tailed hawk screeching   
 
from tree opposite it, jet passing overhead     
 
                                             man in Hawaiian   
 
shirt noting "we never meet except at weddings and funerals,"   
 
mother sitting on a bench at edge of cliff     
 
                                            woman in blue     
 
sweater noticing arbitrariness of bar code in upper right   
 
corner, repetition of vertical musical lines, Chinese ink   
 
lines like portraits     
 
                      blinding yellow-orange line of sun


reflecting across blue-green plane next to point, curve   
 
of white spray blown back from wave breaking below it  
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
-> from HUMAN / NATURE 2.3  

Copyright © 2007 Switchback
All works property of their respective owners