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


Stephen Ratcliffe

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  

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