Glacial Erratics

By Brenda Hillman b. 1951 Brenda Hillman
The last ice age had been caused by a wobble.
After it passed they made houses from stars;
Visitors would peer in
And see the tongs not slipping,
Roomsized pebbles having been moved far.
It’s like this more
When we speak than when we write;
Loving thus we have been
Loved by ground,
The word being
A box with four of its corners hidden;
Everything else is round.


Brenda Hillman, “Glacial Erratics” from Cascadia. Copyright © 2001 by Brenda Hillman. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Cascadia (Wesleyan University Press, 2001)

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Poet Brenda Hillman b. 1951


Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Nature

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One of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers, Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document, personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. Often described as “sensuous” and “luminescent,” Hillman’s poetry investigates and pushes at the possibilities of form and voice, while remaining grounded in topics such as geology, the environment, politics, family, . . .

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