Wording by Stan Galloway

Frog is already elsewhere*
For Galway Kinnell (1927-2014)

From boys and bullfrogs
awkwardly flump-bump-thumping
a first song in Illinois twilight
to the pure balance of invisible
sadness reaching through a tree
you worded the world
sometimes opaque with clarity
scrunched and distorted
made sweet juice of syllabic dust
pulled the tamarack
back by tongue and ink
your phonemic hold strong –
we grieve the needles
after eighty-seven years
no longer breaking into poem.

*from “Everyone Was in Love”

 

 

Stan Galloway teaches at Bridgewater College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His poetry includes Just Married (unbound CONTENT, 2013) and three chapbooks. His reviews of poetry have been published in such places as New Orleans Review, Callaloo, and Paterson Literary Review. His book of literary criticism is The Teenage Tarzan (McFarland, 2010). He is founder and host of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival.