Metaphysical There

The tree frog’s two syllables rising from night trees sound exactly like a plea, or like a final question: is it is it is it, and it means oh what a night we inhabit together, hanging our songs out in the cool air like blessings on the doorframe.

Until I found my life there, I was afraid of the dark. Until it had hidden me from grave danger, I didn’t know how close the embrace of night in all its splendor through which I could hear voices and footsteps but was never seen.

So now I haunt my own backyard in the pitch dark, only a neighbor’s small light across the way. I am looking for something that isn’t there.

Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl’s two most recent poetry collections are The Abundance of Nothing, which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and On the Shores of Welcome Home, which won the Isabella Gardner Award and was published in 2019 by BOA Books, Ltd..In 2021 BOA will publish his collection Among Elms, in Ambush: Fables and Paradox.This March the Writers Association Publishing House in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, will publish his co-translation with the author of Nguyen Quang Thieu’s Slaughterhouse, a book-length poem.
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Bruce Weigl’s two most recent poetry collections are The Abundance of Nothing, which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and On the Shores of Welcome Home, which won the Isabella Gardner Award and was published in 2019 by BOA Books, Ltd.. In 2021 BOA will publish his collection Among Elms, in Ambush: Fables and Paradox. This March the Writers Association Publishing House in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, will publish his co-translation with the author of Nguyen Quang Thieu’s Slaughterhouse, a book-length poem.