Citrus Freeze

By Forrest Gander b. 1956 Forrest Gander
To the north, along Orange Blossom Trail,   
thick breath of sludge fires.   
Smoke rises all night, a spilled genie
who loves the freezing trees   
but cannot save them.
Snow fine as blown spiders.   
The news: nothing.
Large rats breed on the beach   
driving smaller ones here.   
Today both traps sit sprung.

Forrest Gander, “Citrus Freeze” from Rush to the Lake (Cambridge, AliceJames Books, 1988). Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: Rush to the Lake (1988)

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Poet Forrest Gander b. 1956

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Living

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Born in California’s Mojave Desert, poet Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary, where he majored in geology. After receiving an MA in literature from San Francisco State University, Gander moved to Mexico, then to Arkansas, where his poetry—informed by his knowledge of geology—turned its attention to landscape as foreground or source of action.

Gander’s books of poetry include Eye Against . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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