Academic journal article Chicago Review

Pope County, Illinois

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Pope County, Illinois

Article excerpt

Cattle bones baskets of soil & chalk

labor sedimented in land

junco on a bur oak

snow-covered iron teeth dragged

over plowed field

IDA HAZEL

WAS BORNAPR

IL ETHE30TH

1787 AND DIED J

ULY THE 14TH

1810

Millstone Bluff keyless split expel

blind wind blowing slashing

her north-facing stone brown-

grey of winter forest frost

ravine with limestone bedrock

uninscribed footstone a hairpin

"I was used-to the birds-

before-"

Before I was used to deadfall

on the Cumberland River

squatted acres a singletree a kettle

rough stone gives dark

plied wood gives light in dark

two horses a house on water

unshaped creek & field stones

PRINCES THE

CLAY MUST BE

YOUR BED IN SPITE

DEATH YOUR TOWARS

THE TOAL PHE WISE

THE REVERENT HED

MUST LAY AS LOW AS

OURS

A housewright a bluejay bobbing as he

shrieks black-beaked white-throated

this clay must be holes instead

wing for eye the river's horseshoe

"I have eaten it away" as if

"like chaos-stopless-cool-"

Saline mines at Cave-in-Rock

after he purchased a single saddle

a resettling a widow left with $38

a horse 11 hogs a cow & calf

fit this vocation this conviction

sawmill on top of the hill the Great

Road guess nothing give dark

REMBER MAN

AS YOU PAS BY AS

YOU AR NOW SO WONS

WASI YOU

SOON MUST BE PR

EPARE FOR DETH AND

FOLLOW ME

HEARE LIES

THE BODDEY O

For several days in going

to field a pair of

drawing chains "the hemlock

likes to stand" the whip-poor-will's whistle

this bed of birchbark & cotton grass

[Author Affiliation]

Tracy Zeman's poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, TYPO and other journals. …

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