By Ravi Shankar b. 1975 Ravi Shankar
Particulate as ash, new year's first snow falls
upon peaked roofs, car hoods, undulant hills,
in imitation of motion that moves the way

static cascades down screens when the cable
zaps out, persistent & granular with a flicker
of legibility that dissipates before it can be

interpolated into any succession of imagery.
One hour stretches sixty minutes into a field
of white flurry: hexagonal lattices of water

molecules that accumulate in drifts too soon
strewn with sand, hewn into browning
mounds by plow blade, left to turn to slush.

Ravi Shankar, "Snowfall" from Deepening Groove, published by The National Poetry Review. Copyright © 2011 by Ravi Shankar.  Reprinted by permission of Ravi Shankar.

Source: Deepening Groove (The National Poetry Review, 2011)

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Poet Ravi Shankar b. 1975

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Weather, Winter

Holidays New Year

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Poet Ravi Shankar grew up in Virginia, earning a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University. His collections of poetry include Instrumentality (2004), a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards; the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles (2006), with Reb Livingston; and Deepening Groove (2011), winner of the National Poetry Review Prize.

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SUBJECT Nature, Weather, Winter

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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