Prayer’s End

By Brooklyn Copeland b. 1984 Brooklyn Copeland

Nature remains
            faithful by
                         natural light,
only. Immeasurable,
            invisible in the wind.
                         Visible when
blades
            and branches bend.
                         The wind
speaks fluent
            rain. Despite it
                         the rain
falls straight. And beyond it
abandoned barns
                         defend
            abandoned
men.

Source: Poetry (November 2010).

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

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 Brooklyn  Copeland

Biography

Brooklyn Copeland was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the author of numerous chapbooks, including The Milk for Free (2008), Longing/Belonging (2009), Laked, Fielded, Blanked (2011), and Salt Ballads (2012, and the full-length collection Siphon, Harbor (2012). Copeland’s work, in which she often layers images, sound, and narrative in short, fragmented lines, has drawn comparisons to that of Lorine Niedecker, William Carlos . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Weather

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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