Static

By Devin Johnston b. 1970 Devin Johnston Read the Q & A
Zipping your skirt, you rustle past,
sand hissing through a glass,
with the Bedouin snap and flash
of static-electric
sparks disturbing fabric.
This morning’s charge could rouse
The Desert Fathers of Sinai
over which I drowse.

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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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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