A Version of Alcman’s (fl. 630 BCE) “Sleep” poem . . .

By John Kinsella b. 1963 John Kinsella
Dormant are pinnacles and streams of the mountains,
Chasms and bluffs and crawlers fed by the dark earth;
Dormant are wild animals and that tribe of bees
And monsters out of the sea’s dark syntax;
Dormant are clans of birds with wings that envelop.

Source: Poetry (May 2010).

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

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 John  Kinsella

Biography

Australian John Kinsella has written over 20 books of poetry, as well as plays and fiction; he also maintains an active literary career as a teacher and editor. Kinsella’s poetry is both experimental and pastoral, featuring the landscape of Western Australia. Paul Kane observed in World Literature Today, “In Kinsella’s poetry these are lands marked by isolation and mundane violence and by a terrible transcendent beauty.” His The . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals

POET’S REGION Australia and Pacific

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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