in the beginning i shadow you with envelopes, and falling down stairs our breath: the night as it moves. and the lines recede, a thunder; and they are ecstatic in the aisles; and the boats are righted and culled from the bearing deck
and the rain
and the dark paper map
and the lineage of small white instruments, arrayed by the door
and there were the ones who grew; and there were the ones spacious in trees; and there were those who pressed into surface, who suffered and were not to blame: who recorded the sounds of slippers on floors, a traveling back to weather and rind
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
cover artwork: [untitled], Kevin Walker.
Laura Walker is the author of psalmbook (2022), story (2016), and Follow-Haswed (2012), all from Apogee Press, as well as bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004). Her chapbook bird book was published by Albion Books in 2010. She grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, California, where she teaches poetry. In 2022 she joined Apogee Press as a co-editor.
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