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Murmuration by Jared Carter

Starlings’ Murmuration. Courtesy: Creative Commons
MURMURATION

Nothing that can last, only this
          vast enchantment,
This breaking through – the sudden shifts
          and turns, torrents

Of light and dark unerringly
          expanding, now
Dissolving – stark asymmetry
          revealing how

What vanishes returns. These are
          the magi, drawn
To ancient practice, journeyed far,
          still moving on.

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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