• Horse Chestnuts

    William Logan

    Summer 2017

    The hard-polish, bank-floor
    sheen of horse chestnuts
    fall after fall showered us

    with naval mines
    fertile in the gloom,
    each erotic as a Madonna

    or the rosary beads of nuns.
    My shrine lay deep in the closet
    as the trees refused their vintage,

    leaves baked in winter’s air.
    In the dawn of March,
    I opened that armory

    to a spring moldy with verdigris.

    William Logan’s most recent book of poetry is Rift of Light (2017), and his most recent book of criticism is Broken Ground: Poetry and the Demon of History (2021).

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