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

from HUMAN / NATURE

Stephen Ratcliffe

 
 
 
 
2.5  
 
 
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"     
 
                                                      Joan   
 
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"     
 
                                              cloudless   
 
blue sky reflected in nearly motionless blue-black plane,   
 
lines of shadows slanting across green of ridge above it  
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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