"Wissahickon Schist"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
July 6 2010 7:05 AM

"Wissahickon Schist"

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Into what? The iridescent chatter of those birds,
the shoulder of the wind, any horizontal thing.

Alone in the silence, you write ... into crystalline shells,
as the walls rise up around you with their faint glitter.

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Karl Kirchwey is the author of six books of poems, most recently Mount Lebanon, and of a translation of Paul Verlaine's first book of poems, as Poems Under Saturn. Professor of the Arts and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College, he is serving as Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome from 2010-13.