The Subtle Bodies moves between lush landscapes and the violence imposed by humans upon the land, making contact with the world as it ebbs into a digitized silence.
Into bracken, goldenrod, thick meadows
it is all here
nothing is for granted
or said another way, everything granted
errancy and directed, maple-starts in last year’s leaf litter
and inch-thick saplings in the lilac’s
nest of limbs
James McCorkle grew up in Florida, received his MFA at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, his PhD from the University of Iowa, and currently teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.
Verge of Summer 16
Set Theory 17
Cette Obscure Clarté Qui Tombe des Étoiles 20
Black River 23
Tree Line and Meadow 25
To Those Precincts 26
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Late Morning, Verdant 31
Spring Fatalities 32
Wolf and Raven 34
Four Panels 36
Evening Apparition 41
After Plato 42
Blue-Jay, In Flight toward Pre-Emption 46
On Prokofiev’s “The Death of Tybalt” 47
. . . . .
John Berryman 50
Listening to a Wasp in Mid-February 52
Access Memory 54
Evening as a Bessel Function 55
The Subtle Bodies 65
Reading Lu Yu during a Year of War 67