|November 15th, 1999|
by John Engels
Excerpt from: Big Water
I'm amazed at what I see in the flat of the Falls Pool,
under an oblique sun, scarlet spasms of rainbows
finning over their marble redds
in false spawn - an April-breeding fish
in the flat of the year frenzied over stones, fins set
and flared, vermilion of gills - and October
paling in a milty haze, except for the maples,
orange as roe. I see again.
the unseasonable pattern, fall skies.
under the maples where in August
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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