“Etchings,” “True and False, East to West” and “The Blue Hour”

“Etchings,” “True and False, East to West” and “The Blue Hour”

“Etchings,” “True and False, East to West” and “The Blue Hour”


The one-seed juniper defiant

in a sand-drenched wash

grasps against wind and rain.

Earth engraved by crawling roots

broad sap-scented trunk tanned soft

like deer hide now enfolding

barbed wire. Resilience—

a word catching fire—as maps

drawn by imprisoned ghosts

blaze beyond the horizon.

A black widow weaves between

amber drops and metal-shag flesh.

True and False, East to West

after Arthur Sze

Raspberries bud like nipples laced in green

Catbird in thickets chatters question marks

Mushroom sprouts a Vietnamese bamboo cap

Buddha sentinels a storehouse of spines

Granite turtle turns to stare into a chipmunk’s ink-eyes

Sand-hued July grain fields slice the horizon

Tattered ghosts and witches splatter on barbed fences

Mustard lines unfurl to infinity

Cottonwoods slither along dry creek beds

Neon signs blare wares in empty deserts

The Blue Hour

Brittle bones clutch at spruce roots

scrawled by hatchet and maul

spiral for shambled rock-walls scattered

in pewee-lyrick’d forests

chase the cobalt dome, slapped ashen,

whose eyes now open

About the Author

Kim Haines-Eitzen

Kim Haines-Eitzen is a professor at Cornell University. As a poet, she draws from her childhood in the Middle East and her current life in the lush Finger Lakes region of central New York and the high deserts of Arizona. Her poetry has been published in Cathexis Northwest Press and her photography has been exhibited at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, New York.

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