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Published: Tue Oct 26 2021
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Lines Written at Dog’s Head Falls, Johnson, Vermont

On a stone by the river            what pools in boulders
I peer into        clear on pebbles round a stick bug
who the breeze on surface film baffles & sways
gray shadow on mud ambered under
these beings                     who hang suspended
head to spine to tail that twists & flicks
& darts curls up                           held to hover
over a leaf the pool’s turned translucent
gold-veined     a wing—
among the heads & tails—
held suspended simply                spinning
as the planet heats
what were you early        what will you become?

by Aase Berg
Translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson
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K. A. Hays is the author of four books of poetry, including Anthropocene Lullaby (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2022). Hays teaches at Bucknell University and directs the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. (updated 4/2022)


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