Zhèngzài I pause now, on the mountainside, to add these lines To those inscribed by others. Wide, the gulfs of time Between us, yet the paths we chose still brought us here. Far down the river, early snow falls through the sheer Defiles and cliffs. A flight of birds has lost its way. The rock face where I scratch these words is streaked with gray.
(First published in Indiana Voice Journal)
Jared Carter’s most recent collection, The Land Itself, is from Monongahela Books in West Virginia. His Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, with an introduction by Ted Kooser, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2014. A recipient of several literary awards and fellowships, Carter is from the state of Indiana in the U.S.
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