|March 15th, 1999|
by John Engels
Excerpt from: Big Water
One time I waded far out in a lily slough
on the Clyde's backwaters, and my boots
caught in the powerful suction of black ooze,
and I sank, until the water, at my chin,
forever there, deep-rooted in the bottom mucks
I've thought if it's true the black night sometimes
it is the grace and rule of counterpoise applies -
are no true balance to the pulling-down.
John Engels has taught English Literature at St. Michaels's College in Winooski, Vermont for many years. He is the author of five books of poetry, including The Homer Mitchell Place, Vivaldi in Early Fall, and Weather-Fear, for which he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is recognized as one of America's finest poets. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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