In a wasteland south of the Great Salt Lake, the man on the cliff edge calls,
his voice lost among the echoes. Each echo stranger than the last, more
removed from the throne and throat of human error. So vast the emptiness
I cannot tell you what is echo, what a voice. One bird becomes two,
two—in silence—one, and still, to me, the many. Where there is design,
there is a story. Where there is beauty, the ache of light that is everywhere
broken. Two birds become one, one the many, a flock against the sheer
indifferent glory of the palisades. Where there is beauty, there is chaos
in the beauty-shattered eye. If you are coming, bring water, figs, strong shoes.
Bring a friend. I will bring the silence of one friend who came and fell
(or was it jumped) and just kept falling, one day beneath the cliffs of Utah.
Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-eight books including, most recently, Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018), Dear Reader (Parlor, 2018), Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019), Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU, 2019), Scar (Etruscan, 2020), Behemoth (New Criterion Prize, Criterion Books), The Calling (Parlor, 2021), and Patmos (Juniper Prize, UMass, 2021).His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.Presently he is Regents Emeritus Professor of English at the University of North Texas.
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