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Derek Gromadzki


                                       of  pillars’ high fill  burn on  moon  and  vacant  flames  shift

                                                             and  waste   toward   psalmody

                                ...echoes   in the crooked  coins  we  carry

           spare   scrips  wandering

                                                      worlds   in   place

     sweep  centers  crossing   out  from  form

                      whole  rooms  of  labyrinth

                                                       some  otherwhere

                                                contours  dissolve –– lidless  vigils  

                                                           unquiet  on  sunless  eyes  so near









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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