• Into the Next Eden

    Dana Levin

    Fall 2021

    I was supposed to go back to the sea
       but plague prevented me.

    In a city by a river no ship could take me
       and planes, well—

    I stayed home for days with weekend drives
       to see my love,

       who didn’t live with me.

    Night cranks up its float of stars. They inch
       and tarry.

    I was supposed to go back to the sea but nature
       prevented me.

    It said, “Sit right down and let me
       clear the air—”

    The sudden blue
       of the natural sky after years

       behind the smoke of money.

    Mother Nature, who had had it
       with us—

       that was my theory.

    So economical, how she laid us and all our wrecking

    Dana Levin’s fifth poetry collection, Now Do You Know Where You Are, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in Spring 2022. She teaches at Maryville University in Saint Louis and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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