30 Days Hath September 2016 | Day 23 | Extravagance by Lauren Camp

September 23, 2016

BEI 30 Days Proposed Graphic

Extravagance

            For John Coltrane. For autumn.

 

The day spends everything

on color.

 

We withdraw

from the descending

 

shadows

to our houses. Toward

 

the flannel.

One was born knowing

 

long legends. He could fray

changes. Blew

 

cadence. With a horn, he bent

and burdened notes

 

to clouds.

The trees in their raiment

 

chord and lengthen.

Each heart wears the start

 

of sleep, and all the leaves

in a hurry to browning.

 

 

Lauren Camp is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her poems appear in New England Review, Poetry International, Beloit Poetry Journal and elsewhere. Some of her poems have been translated into Turkish, Mandarin and Spanish. Lauren is a Black Earth Institute Fellow and the producer/host of Santa Fe Public Radio’s “Audio Saucepan,” which interweaves global music with contemporary poetry. www.laurencamp.com.

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