George Moore's collections include Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (FutureCycle 2016) and Children's Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry 2015). His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Colorado Review, Arc, Orbis, Poetry and Valparaiso. He lives with his wife, a Canadian poet, on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

George Moore


after João Cabral de Melo Neto Here is a man, plowing his way through the fog as if on the prow of a ship, but it is only sand, a beach, the winter. Here is another, years later, returning to the place he walked as a child but the earth, after revolutions, and the galaxy as it discs through space, have displaced him, and he is a billion lightyears from himself. Here us another, singing loudly into the choir of surf, just sounds, no tune, just the noises a cave dweller surely made. Another comes to this shore from another, arrives from away. His space will always be ghostly here, an image that even after lifetimes can fade away. He is a small boat moored on a borrowed wharf, waiting for the shyness of the moon to lower her tides. Here, at last, a man yelling one syllable words at a crowd desperate to hear, with each word his bones are filed to dust, and each word nails their hearts to a board. Here, the sea rises up, and he thinks he can distinguish the lines of a day and the partisanship of the waves.

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