Alpine Wedding

By Ralph Angel b. 1951 Ralph Angel
All dark morning long the clouds are rising slowly up
beneath us, and we are fast asleep.
The mountains unmove

intensely. And so do we. Meadows
look down.

A city there looks up and
stirs a little. Adrift the rolling tiled roofs of
buildings, the deadly

trains of grinding sand and morning—
a spy unfolds his paper,

the coffee’s served.

A bride and groom stand shivering on a tarmac
in the mist, and
they are happy. Each one

and all of us entangled, the room is moist with us,
the house unfinished, windowless,

and we are fast asleep.

The brother of the groom can’t get
close enough. He leans against the brightest ridge
and ladder, the sucking

sound of memory
as heaven picks up speed and

hurtles through his burning skin
its frozen blankets
to the sun.

Ralph Angel, “Alpine Wedding” from Twice Removed. Copyright © 2001 by Ralph Angel. Reprinted by permission of Sarabande Books, Inc.

Source: Twice Removed (Sarabande Books, 2001)

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Poet Ralph Angel b. 1951

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Romantic Love

Occasions Weddings

 Ralph  Angel

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Born in Seattle, Washington, Ralph Angel earned a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine. Angel is the author of the poetry collections Anxious Latitudes (1986); Neither World (1995), winner of the James Laughlin Award; Twice Removed (2001); and Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986–2006 (2006), winner of the 2007 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. His translation of the work . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Romantic Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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