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Gabriel Arquilevich

In Issue 7 on July 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Robert Penn Warren’s Caribou

Because all day I see them
before the great forest

in the shadow-white snow,
more promise than place,

I want to wake my wife
and tell her how happy I am.

But there are no words
for the twilight beyond

memory, the glade
outside of time, the destiny

the caribou inhabit.
I cannot wake her

to describe it, but I know
we are one: time is a dream

we are sleeping in.
The caribou are gathered

at its end.

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Gabriel Arquilevich‘s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in MARGIE, Notre Dame Review, 2River, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Rhino, and others. “All of It” was nominated for a Pushcart from Rhino. He is the author of World Religions, a textbook for junior high and high school students (TCM).

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