The Dark Indigo Current: Poems



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In my dream I was the first to arrive
at the old home from church. Wind
and night had forced through the cracks.
I pushed inside, turned on lamps,
lit a fire in the stove. Frozen oak
logs stung my fingers; it was good
pain, my hands reddening on the icy
broom-handle as I swept away snow.
On Christmas eve, I prepared a warm
place for my mother and father, sister
and brothers, grandparents, all my relatives,
none dead, none missing, none angry
with another, all coming through the woods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930100667
  • Publisher: Holy Cow! Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Seafarers 9
I End of Summer
End of Summer 13
In My Parents' House at Christmas 14
Ben and Florence 15
Daffodils for Aunt Vic 16
The Shed 18
Clearing a Woodyard 20
In Hospital 22
1. The Fourth Operation
2. Conversation on the Eighth Floor
3. The Boy Who Crawled
Metamorphosis 25
II The Hour of His Death
The Hour of His Death 29
1. Questions on the Road at Sunset
2. Walking in My Brothers' Old Neighborhood
3. The Hour of His Death
4. Family Viewing
5. The Burial
6. Twelfth Night on the Journey
7. Dream of the Glass of Wine
8. The Nursing Home
9. Often It's a Bird
10. The Yellow House
11. The Bat
III Riding into Memory
Night of Rain 45
Born Into This World 46
Admiring My Father 47
Sidewalk 48
At Shaw's Resort 49
Flying Lesson 50
The Bookcase 51
Ages of My Father's Working Life 53
1. The Bowling Alley
2. City Service
3. The Shoe Store
4. The Bus Driver
Affectionate Witness 56
Snow Sticking to the Hood 58
IV The Lost Music
Open Water 61
A Truth 62
Breadcrumbs 63
In Late Winter 64
Maple Seeds 65
Summer Morning 66
The Blanket 67
She Finds Four-Leafed Clovers 68
Driving Through Custer National Park 69
The Lost Music 70
Missing Hale-Bopp 71
The Road from Genghis Khan 72
Barn Light 73
The Reply 74
The Road to Kenora 75
Housewarming 77
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