Trauma (Storm)

By Gregory Orr b. 1947 Gregory Orr
Hunkered down, nerve-numb,
in the carnal hut,
the cave of self,
while outside a storm
rages.
          Huddled there,
rubbing together
white sticks of
your own ribs,
praying for sparks
in that dark
where tinder is heart,
where tender is not.

Gregory Orr, “Trauma (Storm)” from The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2002). www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2002)

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Poet Gregory Orr b. 1947

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Nature, Weather

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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The author of more than 10 collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, Gregory Orr is a master of the short, personal lyric. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated into at least 10 languages. Observes critic Hank Lazer, “From Burning the Empty Nests (1973) to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Nature, Weather

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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