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FALLING WATERby Peter Davison
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Also by Peter Davison:
Best Friend (2000)
These Days (2000)
No Escape (1997)
On Mount Timpanagos, 1935 (1997)
Like No Other (1997)
"I Hardly Dream of Anyone Who Is Still Alive" (1995)
The Unfrocked Governess (1994)
The Passing of Thistle (1989)
The Obituary Writer (1974)
The Winner (1958)
An Audible Anthology
Wherever it commences perhaps as random
raindrop tapping on a leaf and tumbling
into a tea-stained mosscup
it helplessly inquires after
and marl to enlarge an imprisoned
brook and amble off into the yielding
of algae paddled by ducks pierced by
along a streambed grid of gravel toward another
there to seek its breach to tip and hurtle into
and empty into the broad salt
Peter Davison is the poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly. His books includeThe Fading Smile: Poets in Boston(1994) and The Poems of Peter Davison 1957-1995, published in paperback last year.
Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; February 1998; Falling Water; Volume 281, No. 2; page 86.