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This poem is taken from PN Review 249, Volume 46 Number 1, September - October 2019.

Ten Poems Lesley Harrison
from Lorine Niedecker’s letters to Louis Zukofsky, 1931–1970, edited by Jenny Penberthy (CUP, 1993)

April :
a cold clear morning
in the north woods

here in the
loquacious interior

a library of bird songs
at ordinary speed.

eyes to the ground

equisteum, algae
fine-haired weeds and mediaeval ferns

old tapestries of
dried moss

and creeping fleur de lys,
fungal, illumined.

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