By Randall Mann Randall Mann
the relationship between   
       blackbird and fencepost, between   
the cow and its egret, the field   
       and wildflowers overrunning the field—   
so little depends upon their trust.   

       Here, in God we trust   
to keep our cash and thoughts in line—   
       in the sky, an unexplained white line   
could be the first of many omens.   
       But this is no country for omens,   

the line as chalky as the moon,   
       bleak and useless as the moon   
now rising like a breath of cold air . . .   
       There is gullibility in the air.

Source: Poetry (May 2002).


This poem originally appeared in the May 2002 issue of Poetry magazine

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May 2002
 Randall  Mann


Randall Mann’s poems are often set within the landscape of Florida or California. Influenced by Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Bishop, and Donald Justice, Mann’s poetry—at once vulnerable, unflinching, and brave in its ambivalence—explores themes of loss, attraction, brutality, and expectation. Of his preference for working in form, Mann says, “Form helps me approach more comfortably the personal, helps me harden argument.”

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SUBJECT Religion, Pets, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture, Faith & Doubt, Relationships, God & the Divine


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