Poetry

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.