• In Thermopylae

    Ishion Hutchinson

    Winter 2019

    i.m. Seamus Heaney 



    longed-for music, through cement, through wood,
    through the guttural autumn taxis,


    swift and pale down avenues, with the stark
    outbreak of troops in the epic muslin, black

    as dawn’s cinders, towards the true north
    of your irises’ extinction, afire, to-torn flashes

    of dark at wakes, where crude bounces
    beyond any proof

    God outpaces

    the supposition of your death. All remains like
    an erring spring, in another place,

    Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

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