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Published: Thu Jul 1 2010
Eva Lundsager, Were now like (detail), 2021, oil on canvas
Bundesland Bavaria

Between Deffingen and Denzingen,
_           _ summer opened the road
forward, browning the fields and hillsides
_           _ of a country so barren
that the smallest horse grazing seemed
_           _ resentful and withdrawn,
no longer seat and throne of men
_           _ but pigeon-grey splotch
on the Blaue Reiter landscape, inured
_           _ forever to the flow
of traffic, where once it drank from rivers,
_           _ and aware of itself
as fodder for the glue factory,
_           _ as much cattle as the cattle.
Between the route the Neckar runs
_           _ and the dirty Danube,
neither the chatter of nits nor
_           _ the bleatings of birds
on the horse’s chest, spreading ears
_           _ folding over the wind
as night comes on, while stones and woods
_           _ stay no longer in their places,
begin to course, sing, and wheel,
_           _ like livestock once did,
leaving behind the parcel of the world
_           _ over the larded breast
of Southern Germany: a resource,
_           _ a wind through which
the horse rolls up to heaven
_           _ its dull and stolid eyes.

Evan Jones was born in Toronto and now lives in Manchester, United Kingdom; he recently completed a PhD at the University of Manchester. His poems have appeared in PN Review, Poetry Review, and Poetry Wales_._ His first collection, Nothing Fell Today But Rain (Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside), was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry. His second collection, Paralogues, is forthcoming from Carcanet, as is an anthology of Canadian poetry that he is co-editing. (updated 4/2010)

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