Love Poem

By Duane Niatum b. 1938 Duane Niatum
The twilight of your face,
the unknown bird in your voice,
draws me again to your eyes’ green vision,

your song about that longest
moment, a moon vulnerability,
a Natalie I saw alone,

at Carolyn’s party years ago,
where you called me to your side,
and I held my heart, cupped in shadow,

as an offering to your smile,
our soft-spoken isolation.

Duane Niatum, “Love Poem” from Drawings of the Song Animals: New and Collected Poems. Copyright © 1991 by Duane Niatum. Reprinted by permission of Holy Cow! Press.

Source: Drawings of the Song Animals: New and Collected Poems (Holy Cow! Press, 1991)

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Poet Duane Niatum b. 1938

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

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Poet, fiction writer, playwright, and editor Duane Niatum has been has been writing poems, stories and essays for over 50 years. Born Duane McGinness in Seattle, he adopted the name of one of his S’Klallam tribal ancestors early in his career as a poet. After his parents’ divorce when he was four, he studied S’Klallam tribal ways with his maternal grandfather. At age 17, Niatum joined the Navy and was stationed in Japan. He . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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