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Derek Gromadzki


                 Every  thing  standing  before  you   stands  unnamed  a  thing

itself in want of what  designs  to  shape  around

                            the  way  that  music  looks

            up  from  dust to the middle air

  and  a  hush  takes   hold    under  the  labor  of  leaves   you  will  go

                                                         where  I  have  gone  where  I  and  you  go  twinning

                                     widdershins  toward  the  applewood  all

                                                                 the bright temptation under talk

                                                                                                          unbound   in  these

                                                                      curves  resurfaced  from  firmaments






Derek Gromadzki currently lives in Iowa City, where he is an MFA student at the University of Iowa.  His poetry has recently appeared in New Delta Review, Seneca Review, and Black Warrior Review, and is forthcoming in The Journal, Sakura Review, CutBank, American Letters & Commentary, and others. The phrase in his poem "Garden," "where you and I go twinning," comes from Geraldine Monk’s La Quinta del Sordo.


A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure. - Henry David Thoreau


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