Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

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   This is the clockmaker's faith in reality,    solid lines--slant--over the ocean. Fish,    set off against a green canvas. The mind     acting. The mind acting. A secret we    whisper into the ear of the President.    The women of Trinidad, hurried along     a road. The Samaritan--his sideburns    are red. The dream that opens us.    The imaginary. The imaginary messages in     my breathing, traffic lights. Trailing    hunters across the savannah. Insistence    of passwords. Of the imagination. Open. 

Steve Wilson has published two books of poetry, Allegory Dance and The Singapore Express. His poems have been published in Midwest Quarterly, New Orleans Review, Yankee, New American Letters, Prose Poem, Negative Capability, New American Writing, and other journals. He was a senior Fulbright Lecturer in Romania. Wilson teaches at Southwest Texas State University and lives in San Marcos, Texas.

Poetry is about the search for order in what may be an orderless world. When I was living in Kansas, going to school at Wichita State, trips out to the Kansas plains always left me with a disquieting sense of openness--that the world was a mysterious, fertile backdrop to experience, to poetry. …

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