Meredith Stricker

In Issue 8 on October 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm



deep black sea



anchovies silver forest

wilderness adrift


medusa nebulae

constellation astonishment


I am light

I am island-mouthed


convolute darkness

where seeing enters cells




cloud, milk



waves lit white by headlights


the page of Unknowing –– wheels

spinning too fast to see







the sound of crows overhead

the way listening changes ears


pounding heart : field of crickets



sad, ash-smooth stone



dove’s smoke colored wings


are the sky we lean into


our silence joins, enlarges, takes flight



grasses, lightning



ferns grow on my roof


soon I will dream

in the tongue of leaves



Meredith Stricker is the author of Alphabet Theater (Wesleyan) and Tenderness Shore (which received the National Poetry Series award). Her work has appeared widely, in publications including Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, VOLT. She works as a poet/designer/artist in visual poetry collaborative on architecture in Big Sur and projects for the center for visual poetry to bring together artists, writers, musicians and experimental forms. She received lay ordination from Shohaku Okamura-roshi fifteen years ago.


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