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Unconcealment & Ulterior by Jared Carter

UNCONCEALMENT

Like that water touched by shining
          that yields no trace
Beyond itself, undermining
          no passing grace

Or moment, still emerging where
          no thing can last
Or venture, manifesting there
          in ways that cast

Loss into focus – what receives
          and realigns,
Where patterns on the water leave
          no mark behind.

ULTERIOR

And if such stillness overflows,
          it does not fall
Entirely away, but slows,
          as when a caul

Deflects the sight from moments lost
          to moments still
To come. Invariably the cost
          of knowing will

Be paid, yet deep within that stream,
          something remains –
A clarity that even dreams
          cannot sustain.

'Ulterior' was first published in Better than Starbucks.

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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