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

American Life In Poetry


February 6, 2020

Last week I said that I planned to publish two beautiful poems of grief and loss by David Baker, from his new and selected poems, Swift, published last year by W. W. Norton. This is the second of those poems. Baker teaches at Denison University in Ohio and is the poetry editor of Kenyon Review, one of our most distinguished literary journals.


Small flames afloat in blue duskfall, beneath trees

anonymous and hooded, the solemn trees--by ones

and twos and threes we go down to the water's level edge

with our candles cupped and melted into little pie-tins

to set our newest loss free. Ev...

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