Dark Energy (Penguin Poets)

Dark Energy (Penguin Poets)

Robert Morgan

Language: English

Pages: 27

ISBN: 014312806X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A new collection from the awardwinning poet and author of the bestselling novel Gap Creek

In the words of Poetry magazine, Robert Morgan’s poems “shine with beauty that transcends locale.” The work in his newest collection, rooted in his native Blue Ridge Mountains, explores the mysteries and tensions of family and childhood, the splendors and hidden dramas of the natural world, and the agriculture that supports all culture. Morgan’s voice is vigorous and exact, opening doors for the reader, finding unexpected images and connections. The poems reach beyond surfaces, to the strange forces inside atoms, our genes, our heritage, and outward to the farthest movements of galaxies, the dark energy we cannot explain but recognize in our bones and blood, in our deepest memories and imagination.

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prowess once patrolled these forests, mated, drank from creeks and branches, screamed afar, where fastest killer’s now the car. Ancient Talk The story goes that Thomas Wolfe, when touring the majestic West, once stood before a great sequoia for minutes that stretched to an hour, as though communing with the soul and roots and monolithic height of the largest living thing on earth. We know by then Wolfe had become inspired by landscapes of the plains and chains of higher mountains

buried them in sod. Atop the makeshift grave they stood a wooden chair back like a sign. The question later asked was why: did chair back symbolize a bit of culture in the endless wild, a memory of the life back east? Or was it more a sign of rest, of dignity on alien land after the horrendous journeying? With rocks so few as well as trees the chair back may have been the one substantial thing they had to mark the site and claim the soil above the dear deceased, against the wolves

encourages diverse voices, promotes free speech, and creates a vibrant culture. Thank you for buying an authorized edition of this book and for complying with copyright laws by not reproducing, scanning, or distributing any part of it in any form without permission. You are supporting writers and allowing Penguin to continue to publish books for every reader. Acknowledgments constitutes an extension of this copyright page. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Morgan, Robert,

discuss the ravages in calm discourse. The world had certainly improved in half a century. And then a student in the back who held a tiny radio called out “The president is shot.” We sat all stunned and scared and quiet till Joe Flora said, “That goes to show there’s still much evil in the world.” And later as I walked across the quad in balmy autumn light I thought this was the end of our good times, of something big. A way of being confident had ended. The air was punctured like

Southern Cultures, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Quarterly, and The Yale Review. “Ancient Talk” was first published as a broadside by the Thomas Wolfe Society. “Living Tree” was published as a broadside by the North Carolina Writers Conference. Special thanks to Cynthia Chase, Rebecca Godwin, Jesse Graves, William Harmon, Michael McFee, and Paul Slovak for their editorial wisdom. ONE Big Talk When mountains boomed and boomed again returning echoes all along the chain, the Indians said

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