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


Stephen Ratcliffe

two red finches pecking up seeds from rectangular table   
on right, angle of tobacco plant branch slanting across   
above it, sunlit green leaves against blue sky overhead  
man in jean jacket noting "language in the wake of something   
passing," Ben Jonson's "weep for me all ye who read"     
Baez noting the Buddhist monk told to sit and watch corpse   
decay, "to see that that's what happens to us," Gandhi's   
life "an experiment in truth with a small t"     
blue sky reflected in nearly motionless blue-black plane,   
lines of shadows slanting across green of ridge above it  
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