Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

The Pinch

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

The Pinch

Article excerpt

Here in Kentucky, a world, and yet

a second, unknowable world, are drawn

almost together between God's thumb

and famous, animating finger.

It's a tight place, but I've seen it-

believe me, I see it every day.

I even go down to it, back

in the woods behind the hill where the land

goes down below the green knob

to rest in the still dark, as if

that place is a room with something left

inside it. How a room, even

this one that has no walls and the mere

pitch of the sky for a make-shift,

homely roof must be a place

where some existence shows its proof.

What it is, is like a voice

that sounded itself from silence once,

and every sound since then has been

an echo and echoes of the voice. …

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