By Carol Frost b. 1948 Carol Frost
The tortoise walks on tiptoe in June,
the month of his ardors.
Buttery light, distant thunder
in the month of my ardors.
Flailing boughs, coral lime
in the wind and verdure.
Then silence, dark creamy
shadows in nighttime verdure.
The moon traversing the garden,
florals made of a blush or a breath,
nightbirds with a little lump
of insect under their tongues, breath
of clover, grassy, spiced,
and all of it rinsed of emotion.
The leaden nymph by the gate.
All, all rinsed of emotion.
By what bough are the fireflies
hidden, and the stars?
The night’s leavings in daylight
lie hidden like the stars.

“Ardors” by Carol Frost from I Will Say Beauty. © 2003 by Carol Frost. Published by TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press. All rights reserved.

Source: I Will Say Beauty (TriQuarterly Books, 2003)

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Poet Carol Frost b. 1948

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Nature, Summer, Trees & Flowers, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Animals

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Carol Frost was born in 1948 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She studied at the Sorbonne and earned degrees from the State University of Oneonta and Syracuse University. The author of numerous collections of poetry, including Entwined: Three Lyric Sequences (2014), Honeycomb: Poems (2010), The Queen’s Desertion (2006), I Will Say Beauty (2003), Love and Scorn: New and Selected Poems (2000), and the chapbook The Salt Lesson (1976), she . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Summer, Trees & Flowers, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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