Auroras

By Joanna Klink Joanna Klink
It began in a foyer of evenings
The evenings left traces of glass in the trees
A book and a footpath we followed
Under throat-pipes of birds

We moved through a room of leaves
Thin streams of silver buried under our eyes
A field of white clover buried under our eyes
Or a river we stopped at to watch
The wind cross it, recross it

Room into room you paused
Where once on a stoop we leaned back
Talking late into daylight
The morning trees shook off twilight
Opening and closing our eyes auroras

Beyond groves and flora we followed a road
Dotted with polished brown bottles,
Scoured furrows, a wood emptied of trees

It was enough to hollow us out
The evenings left grasses half-wild at our feet
Branches with spaces for winds

The earth changes
The way we speak to each other has changed
As for a long while we stood in a hall full of exits
Listening for a landscape beyond us

Joanna Klink, “Auroras” from Circadian. Copyright © 2007 by Joanna Klink. Reprinted by permission of Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA), LLC.

Source: Circadian (Penguin Books, 2007)

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Poet Joanna Klink

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Trees & Flowers

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Joanna Klink earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. Her collections of poetry include They Are Sleeping (2000), Circadian (2007), and Raptus (2010). Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry (2011). Of her work, Klink has said: “In poems I am trying to find my bearings through a world that at times feels . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Trees & Flowers

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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