Editing Sky by David Parsons

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Page 31 Between the Sounding Blue & the Dark Wood Like the Hopi Indians, we have our water clans. Yet, our being is not found relived in the reversing symbol of clouds. Nor will the schematic of our past be discoveredcharted mottle-brown on some slow moving hawksbill. We walk on the wet sand between the sounding blue and the dark wood at the foot in the shadow of the mountain. Between the ark and the armada the mechanism of the arm is definedthe oar locked arms of men. Page 32 The Feathers of the Aquilines A paddle free of the lock radius bone carved the many generations of hands joined to another's smooth whittle of wrist wood and flesh, stroking aside the arching prow, where water pretends to be lost feathers of the aquilines feathers that are still rumored to bring eternal song to some Indian's afterlife.

Work that was focused and balanced Page 52 like the simple axioms of life on the T-P ranch, just outside Marble Falls where, set against the cleft of a brooding hill of squat oak and cedar, spinning on its axis, the windmill skirts an invisible herd, cutting the stragglers without forcing themeasy in the whispered wisdom of its workingthough like a woman laboringembracing her pain, painpain, that swells like some ruthless, unabiding truth in the eternal, starry craw of skulls. I have tried to say all of this before.

54 subject : Page iii Editing Sky David M. Parsons Winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize Texas Review Press Huntsville, Texas Page iv Copyright © 1999 by David M. Parsons All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America FIRST EDITION. 1999 Requests for permission to reproduce material from this work should be sent to: Permissions Texas Review Press English Department Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2146 Acknowledgments Some of the poems have been previously published as follows: "Bridge Weld," Louisana Literature; "Comforter," The Texas Review; "Editing Sky," Southwestern American Literature; "Flying to My Father,'' Cultural Arts Commission of Houston's Houston Poetry Fest Anthology; "Handball," Ace: The International Voice of Handball; "Historic Houses," Standpoints: Journal for Teachers of English in France; "Lying in a Grounded Canoe," Touchstone Literary Review; "Memories of Camp Mathews ( 1961 ) in Finnish Rhapsody," The Texas Review and 1996 Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry; "Roots," The New Review Poetry Digest; "Second Marriage," The Texas Review; "Sounding," The Texas Review; "The Vultures of Summer Vestibules," Touchstone Literary Review; "The Wisdom of Forms," Touchstone Literary Review; "They," The Texas Review.

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