O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry



I was very sorry to read that the literary journal Field, with a long history of publishing the finest of American poetry, was ceasing publication. All good things must come to an end. Here's a poem full of mystery from the final issue. It's by Mark Irwin, who divides his time between California and Colorado, and whose most recent book is A Passion According to Green (2017).


When they entered the house, which was a very large house

the way a cloud is large, the pages of their story

seemed like cracks in the earth, a man's shirt, or a woman's

blouse, and the stranger in the house told...

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