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Maxine Chernoff

While signs proclaim the madness of the king,

the world spells its name in summary


summer of woes

and nature’s worldly

face: how fledglings enter seasons rich

with song, first notes the ear has


never heard or failed to hear: We found you,

world, when we were new, and you were

snow on roof, black branch of unfilled space,

absence to which we lent a listening ear.


Days painted green within a globe

that also holds the song. Only amber

colors world’s past display of how we

lived before the map was red with death:

eyes peer out from story’s unknown end.

Maxine Chernoff is the author of 17 poetry collections, most recently “Under the Music: Collected Prose Poems.” Former chair of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, she is an NEA Fellow, a winner of the PEN Translation Award, and a former visiting writer at the American Academy in Rome.

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