End Grain

By Matthew Nienow b. 1983 Matthew Nienow
is an opening, is all
we can see

of  the long
strands that make

the pathways for
rays, bisecting

annular rings,
the most

vulnerable door
of  what makes

the holiest of
things.

Source: Poetry (January 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2013
 Matthew  Nienow

Biography

Matthew Nienow was born in Los Angeles and spent most of his youth in Seattle. He earned an MFA from the University of Washington and a degree in Traditional Small Craft from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.  His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalNew England Review, Poetry, the Best New Poets anthology (2007 and 2012), and in three chapbooks.

Nienow has received awards and fellowships from the National . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Trees & Flowers, Religion, The Spiritual, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design, Painting & Sculpture

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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