Inscrutable Twist

By Anne Pierson Wiese b. 1964
The twist of the stream was inscrutable.   
It was a seemingly run-of-the-mill   
stream that flowed for several miles by the side   
of Route 302 in northern Vermont—   
and presumably does still—but I’ve not   
been back there for what seems like a long time.   

I have it in my mind’s eye, the way   
one crested a rise and rounded a corner   
on the narrow blacktop, going west, and saw   
off to the left in the flat green meadow   
the stream turning briefly back on itself   
to form a perfect loop—a useless light-filled   
water noose or fragment of moon’s cursive,   
a sign or message of some kind—but left behind.

Poem copyright ©2007 by Anne Pierson Wiese, whose most recent book of poetry is Floating City,” Louisiana State University Press, 2007. Poem reprinted from “Ploughshares,” Vol. 33, no. 4, Winter 2007-08 by permission of Anne Pierson Wiese.

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Poet Anne Pierson Wiese b. 1964

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

Poetic Terms Free Verse


Poet, author, and playwright Anne Wiese grew up in Brooklyn. A graduate of Amherst College and the New York University Graduate Writing Workshop, Wiese’s first collection of poems, Floating City (2007), was selected by Kay Ryan for a Walt Whitman Award in 2006. In her judge’s citation, Ryan noted, “Wiese’s poems read so easily and pleasurably that one hardly realizes one has been confidently moved to a slightly different . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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