Thin Place

By Devin Johnston b. 1970 Devin Johnston Read the Q & A
White ash,
you wait for me

as I will wait
for someone.

What but skin
feels the wind,

what darkness
makes distinctions?

Breaking down
dusk and dawn,

housewreckers
on horse scaffolds

syncopate
their hammers.

Brick dust
drifts like smoke,

tents of habitation
withdrawn,

hinges of habit
undone.

Source: Poetry (April 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2010
 Devin  Johnston

Biography

Born in Canton, New York, Devin Johnston grew up in Winston-Salem and received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Johnston is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sources (2008), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Aversions (2004) and Telepathy (2001). His prose writing includes the critical study Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice (2002) and Creaturely and . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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