Shadow Studies by Eric Pankey

A magnetic field, a force field

A field guide


How soldier becomes solder and solid


The soul the size of a seed, the size of a tick


How the humid air condenses upon it

How the soul, free from flesh, glistens with dew


The starlings are startled

Out of sorts, out of socket


Watercress, water crest, the water’s rest


How a cotton dress on a line

In Rogers, Arkansas dries as a thunderhead gathers


The newer paved roads are not on the map


How the earth rotates on it axis while in revolution


The ax is, the axes, the axis


Follow the fallow field


Tip your hat brim if you see a flash

To protect yourself against the fall out

Eric Pankey
Eric Pankey

Eric Pankey is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently AUGURY (Milkweed Editions 2017). He is Professor of English and The Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University.