• Urban Renewal (lxxxi.)

    Major Jackson

    Winter 2023

    Pine shadows on snow like a Jasper canvas,
    if only my pen equaled the downy’s stabbing beak
    this January morning, her frantic
    chipping, more resolve than frenzy, to make a feast
    of beetle larvae, if only my wood-boring eyes
    could interrogate the known like pillars of sunlight
    through fast-moving clouds scanning the side
    of Corporation Mountain where on a distant ridge
    white plumes dissolve like theories.

    Major Jackson is the author of A Beat Beyond: Selected Prose of Major Jackson edited by Amor Kohli. He is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

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