The Inevitable

By Allan Peterson Allan Peterson
To have that letter arrive   
was like the mist that took a meadow   
and revealed hundreds   
of small webs once invisible   
The inevitable often   
stands by plainly but unnoticed   
till it hands you a letter   
that says death and you notice   
the weed field had been   
readying its many damp handkerchiefs   
all along

Poem copyright © 2007 by Allan Peterson, whose most recent book of poetry is "All the Lavish in Common," U. of Mass. Pr., 2005, winner of the Juniper Prize. Reprinted from “The Chattahoochee Review,” Winter 2007, V. 27, no. 2, by permission of the author.

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Poet Allan Peterson

Subjects Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

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Poet and visual artist Allan Peterson earned degrees at the Rhode Island School of Design, Southern Illinois University, and the Claremont Graduate School. His books of poetry include Anonymous Or (2002); All the Lavish in Common (2005), winner of the Juniper Poetry Prize; As Much As (2011); and Fragile Acts (2012), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. His chapbooks include Assurances (2011) and Omnivore . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

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